BREAKING: Finally, Ex-Governor Lamido Granted Bail

Sule Lamido

A Dutse Magistrate Court in Jigawa State, Thursday, granted the former Governor of the state, Sule Lamido, bail on self-recognition.

Mr. Lamido was arrested by the Police on Sunday in his Kano home on the allegation he incited his supporters to violence during the planned local government poll in the state on July 1.

He was, however, brought under heavy security to Dutse on Tuesday and immediately arraigned before Chief Magistrate Mohammed Lamin, of the Dutse Chief Magistrate Court.

Mr. Lamido was given a four-count charge of inciting disturbance, disturbance of public peace, defamation of character and criminal intimidation.

The crime of inciting disturbance is punishable under Section 114 of the Penal Code, disturbance of public peace is punishable under Section 113 of the Penal Code, while defamation of character and criminal intimidation are punishable under Sections 392 and 397 of the Penal Code.

Following his not guilty plea, the magistrate had ordered him to be remanded in prison custody till today (Thursday).

When Mr. Lamido was brought before the court, the prosecutor, Ikenna Ekpunobi, argued the accused should be denied bail in order not to jeopardise peace in the state.

The police also tendered a report allegedly linking Mr. Lamido to violence by his supporters.

However, counsel to the accused, Felix John, kicked against the police report and insisted Mr. Lamido remained innocent until proven guilty by the court.

The legal practitioner argued that the evidence used by the prosecution was merely documentary and did not produce witnesses.

Mr. John also argued that as former governor of the state, his client should be granted bail on self-recognition, adding that he would not jump bail under any circumstances.

Based on these, the chief magistrate ruled that the charge of inciting violence brought against the former governor was bailable and therefore, granted him bail.

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