Monday 23rd October, 2017
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Ex-Gov Lamido remanded in Jigawa prison

Ex-Gov Lamido remanded in Jigawa prison

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.

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