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Court Grants Former Jigawa Governor Bail
Former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, who was on Sunday arrested and detained by the police on allegations of incitement, was on Thursday granted bail by a magistrate court in Dutse, the State capital.
Lamido who could not be arraigned in court Monday due to the workers’ day public holiday, was on Tuesday remanded in prison by Magistrate, Muhammad Liman, pending the hearing of his bail application.
During Thursday’s proceedings, the prosecuting counsel, Ikenna Ekpunobi, urged the court not to grant the accused person bail as he could jeopardise peace in the state.
But counsel to Lamido, Felix John, argued that his client remained innocent until proven guilty.
He pointed out that the evidence upon which the former governor was being tried was documentary and as such there was no witness to influence.
John also added that as a former governor, the accused person could not jump bail.
The magistrate, however, disagreed with the prosecution team and also refused to entertain the report tendered by the state police command, allegedly linking the former governor to violence by his supporters.
Liman held that the charge against Lamido, of inciting violence, was bailable and therefore granted him bail on self recognizance.
“(There is) no evidence before the court that if the accused person his granted bail he will jump bail and no evidence (that) other people will commit similar offense and that the accused will jeopardise peace of the state,” he said.
Recall that after Lamido was arrested on Sunday, his homes in Kano and Jigawa States were searched, but nothing incriminating was found in both houses.
He was said to have instructed his followers to resort to violence if the results of the local government election scheduled to hold later in the state did not go their way.
The former governor has denied the charges and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to which he belongs, has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC of victimisation.