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How ex-Gov Lamido battled to get bail



How ex-Gov Lamido battled to get bail

After four days of incarceration, a magistrate court sitting in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital, on Thursday granted the state’s former governor, Sule Lamido, bail on self recognition.

Lamido’s bail came despite a desperate plea by prosecutor Ikenna Ekpunobi, who told Magistrate Muhammed Lamin that the accused should not be granted.

He had argued that if granted bail, the former governor could jeopardise peace in the state.

Magistrate Lamin, disagreed with the counsel as well as refuted a report by the police allegedly linking Lamido to violence by his supporters.

In response to the prosecutor’s prayer, counsel to Lamido, Felix John, said that his client remained innocent until proven guilty, adding that evidence tendered in respect to why the former governor is being tried was only a documentary and as such there was no witness.

He further argued that Lamido, as a former governor could never jump bail.

In his ruling, Magistrate Lamin held that the charge of inciting violence against the former Jigawa governor was bail-able.

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He added that there is “no evidence before the court that if the accused person is granted bail he will jump bail and no evidence other people will commit similar offense and that the accused will jeopardise peace of the state.”

Following a petition on alleged inciting statement, Lamido was arrested on Sunday and his homes in Kano and Jigawa raided.

Lamido and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had described the charges leveled against him by the state’s All Progressives Congress (APC) led government as fabricated, and claimed that it was politically motivated.

Lamido is among opposition politicians said to be gearing up to contest for the office of the president in 2019 general elections.



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  1. Anita Kingsley

    May 4, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Magistrate Lamin had been paid to grant Lamido bail abeg. The statements Will still cause chaos on the day of election, lamido is a desperate politician who shouldn’t be in the society

    • seyi jelili

      May 5, 2017 at 3:22 am

      What you fail to realise is that whether lamido is granted bail or not, if his statement will foster violence, it will still do that, so it’s not about bribing the judge.

  2. Agbor Chris

    May 4, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Our judicial system is very useless and hyper corrupt, criminals will walk freely in the public because they’ve held key post in the country, if it was an ordinary citizen who did what Lamido did, s/he would be behind bars by now.

    • Animashaun Ayodeji

      May 4, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      Your opinions don’t count anymore, the court has granted him bail and that has been established. The old man will be in his house sleeping right now, you don’t need to stress your head.


      May 5, 2017 at 3:35 am

      That’s not corrupt justice Agbor, bail on self recognition is allowed even in the law.

  3. yanju omotodun

    May 4, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    But ordinarily, they should not have incarcerate the man for days, he is a big personality and should have been granted bail even before court process


      May 5, 2017 at 3:34 am

      Based on self recognition ba? It’s the hand work of apc ,if not, that same day , they would have granted his bail

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