A Jigawa State Magistrate Court has on Tuesday, remandeda former governor of the state, Sule Lamido, in prison custody. According to the Chief Magistrate Usman Lamin, Lamido will remain in Dutse prison until May 4 when applications for his bail will be decided.
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. Lamido is being prosecuted by Ikenna Ekpunobi who obtained a fiat by the Jigawa State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Sani Gabbas.
The ex-governor 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.
Mr. Ekpunobi was supported by two counsel, Yahya Basirka and Aliyu Kiyawa. After the ruling, security operatives at the court and around Dutse used tear gas to disperse the crowd protesting the arrest of the former Governor.
Mr. Lamido was arrested on Sunday in Kano and his houses in Kano and Jigawa searched. He was brought to Jigawa on Tuesday morning.