Armed robbery: Why Police arrested MKO Abiola’s sons — Step-mother

By John Silas

One of the wives of the late Chief M.K.O. Abiola, Mrs Adebisi Abiola on Saturday in Lagos said that she and other members of the family were trying to persuade the police to release on bail two sons of the late politicians currently detained by the police.

In a statement issued by a counsel to the Abiola’s family and widow, Mr. Debo Adeleke, Abiola’s widow said other members of the family were already making efforts to secure the release of Kasim and Aliu who were arrested on suspicion they had a hand in the robbery before the police were served with the suit.

According to the statement, Kassim Abiola and Aliu Abiola were arrested by the police because of their conduct during the investigation.

She explained that her steps sons were arrested for alleged unruly behaviour which roused suspicion of possible complicity in the September 2 robbery incident in the MKO house before the police were served with the court’s process of a suit filed by her step sons.

She also described as wrong and ill advised the fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by Kassim and Aliu.

The lawyer also said reports based on the fundamental rights enforcement suit filed on behalf of Kassim and Aliu by the respected Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) were untrue.

He described the late MKO Abiola as an icon who “paid the supreme price in sacrificing his life for Nigeria.”

He said the entire members of the Abiola family thereby pleaded passionately with the public, particularly the press to be wary and cautious of any publication regarding the Late Chief MKO Abiola’s family so as not to dishonour and disrespect the memory of the late sage.”

The lawyer said Kassim and Aliu Abiola were arrested by the police during investigation of the robbery because of the auspicious manner they responded to questioning by the police.

He wrote: “It is on record that while the policemen were interviewing the family members, Mr. Kassim Abiola conducted himself in a very rude, ungentlemanly, provocative, embarrassing and suspicious manner and all efforts by other members of the family to make him act in a responsible manner failed.

“It is further on record that Mr. Kassim Abiola did not only throw tantrums at the police but equally threatened to deal ruthlessly with one of the senior police officers whom he (Kassim) claimed to know personally to the extent of describing the said senior police officer’s car and the location where he will deal with him.

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