Ex-Governor Sule Lamido Has being Locked in prison

The Chief Magistrate Court II, Dutse has on Tuesday remanded, former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido in prison custody till April, 4 for ruling on the application for his bail.

Lamido was arrested by the police last Sunday in Kano following a petition by the Jigawa state government on a statement credited to him that is capable of breaching the relative peace in the state.
He was said to have been quoted in the petition preaching violence to his teeming supporters, while addressing members of his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the forthcoming Local Government Councils poll in Jigawa state.
The prosecuting counsel, Ikenna Ekpunobi told the court that accused person, the former governor Sule Lamido was arraigned before the court on three count charges.
He said Lamido was arraigned on charges of disturbance of public, inciting disturbance and criminal defamation which are offences that are contrary to section 113, 114 and 117 of the penal code, although, the former governor denied all the charges.
In his application for court to grant his client a bail, the Counsel to the accused, Barrister Felix Jones Osimerha told the court that he was applying for a bail of his client in accordance to section 340 (i) (ii) of criminal procedure code because the charges against his client were all bailable offences.
He further argued that if his client was granted bail,  it would enable him to prepare himself for defence and choose lawyers of his choice as enshrined in section 36 (6) (b) (c) of 1999 constitution as amended.
He also asked the court to release his client on bail and on self recognition because he has a case to attend before a Federal High court today (tomorrow) in Abuja.

The Prosecuting counsel, opposed to the bail application, argueing if the accused person was released on bail the security, peace and stability of the state would be threatened.
He further argued that the accused was a former governor in the state and therefore a VIP who has large number of supporters and if granted bail looking at his popularity the security and peace in the state would be in jeopardy. He therefore objected to the bail application.
Barrister Ekpunobi also in his submission for the objection of the bail said, refusal to be granted bail would not stop the accused from attending his court case in Abuja because the prison authorities have vehicles that would take him to and fro for his case.

The Chief Magistrate, Usman Mohammed Lamid adjourned the case to April, 4 while ordered for the former governor to be remanded in prison custody.
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