A Chief Magistrate Court in Dutse headed by Muhammad Lamin has remanded former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido in prison custody till May 4.
Lamin’s verdict was followed by a protest by hundreds of supporters of Lamido who took to the street, leading to a bloody clash between Lamido’s supporters and the police.
The police, however, released canisters of tear-gas to disperse the angry protesters.
Lamido who was arrested in his Sharada residence in Kano on Sunday was taken to Jigawa on Tuesday morning from the Zone One Police Headquarters where he was kept for 48 hours for trial.
He was picked by the police following a petition by the state government alleging that the former governor made inciting statements on the local government elections slated for July 1.
Lamido who is nursing presidential ambition in 2019 is standing trial on a four-count charge of inciting public disturbance, defamation of character, criminal intimidation and disturbance of public peace.
However, the counsel to the state government, Barr. Ikenna C. Ekpunobi, insisted that Lamido should not be granted bail, until the completion of investigation.
Lamido’s counsel Yakubu Ruba and Felix Jones Osimerah argued that the offences were bailable, and questioned the reason behind his incarceration at the Kiyawa Prison.
The Chief Magistrate, however, ruled that Lamido be remanded in Kiyawa Prison and adjourned the case till May 4 for hearing.