Jubilant Crowds Fill Jigawa Streets As Ex-Governor Lamido Gets Bail. Former Jigawa state governor, Sule Lamido, has been granted bail on own recognizance by a magistrate court sitting in Dutse leading to massive celebration in Jigawa state.
Ikenna Ekpunobi, the prosecutor, had argued that Lamido should not be granted bail as he could jeopardise peace in the state.
But the magistrate, Muhammad Lamin, disagreed with the counsel. Lamin also rejected a police report tendered allegedly linking the former governor to violence by his supporters.
The counsel to Lamido, Felix John, argued that his client remained innocent until proven guilty. He said the evidence upon which the former governor was being tried was documentary and as such there was no witness to influence. He said Lamido, being a former governor, could not jump bail.
The magistrate ruled that the charge against Lamido, of inciting violence, was bailable.
”(There is) no evidence before the court that if the accused person his granted bail he will jump bail and no evidence other people will commit similar offense and that the accused will jeopardize peace of the state,” he said.
Lamido was arrested at his Sharada Kano home on Sunday, April 30 morning and taken away to the Zone One Command of the Nigeria Police in Kano where he is still being held as at the time of filing this report at 2.30pm on Sunday afternoon.
Lamido was said to have been arrested for allegedly telling his supporters to stop the local government elections slated for July 1.
Investigators were sent to search Lamido’s homes in Kano and Jigawa states but found nothing incriminating there.
One of Lamido’s close associates Dahiru Kera the search of the former governor’s Jigawa home by police.
He however expressed fear that the police may have planted incriminating evidence against the politician at his Jigawa house.
No incriminating evidence was eventually found.
Kera said Lamido was not arrested but reported himself to the police on Sunday.