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Former Jigawa Governor, Lamido Remanded In Prison

Former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido
Former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido

Former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido has been remanded in prison pending the determination of his bail application on May 4.

Chief Magistrate of the Jigawa State Magistrate Court, Usman Liman, gave the ruling on Tuesday after the ex-governor was arraigned by the Police on allegations of incitement.

The Magistrate said he needed time to decide on the application for bail and another on the police’s First Investigation Report, FIR, brought as evidence in the case.

The three-man prosecution team is led by Ikenna Ekpunobi, who obtained a fiat by the Jigawa State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Sani Gabbas. Ekpunobi is joined by two Yahya Basirka and Aliyu Kiyawa.

A copy of the fiat as seen by journalists shows that Lamido is being prosecuted on a four-count charge of inciting disturbance contrary to section 114 of the Penal Code, disturbance of public peace contrary to section 113 of the Penal Code, defamation of character punishable under section 392 of the Penal Code and criminal intimidation punishable under section 397 of the Penal Code.

The former governor was arrested on Sunday in Kano and his houses in Kano and Jigawa searched.

He remained in police custody until he was brought to the Jigawa Magistrate court on Tuesday morning.

There was heavy security presence at the court premises and around Dutse,the Jigawa State capital, but that did not deter Lamido’s supporters from protesting outside the court premises.

The Police were forced to use tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Lamido was quoted as telling his supporters to resort to violence if the local government elections, scheduled to hold later in the state, did not go their way.

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