A Magistrate Court sitting in Dutse has granted a former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, bail on own recognizance after ruling that the offence for which he was arraigned is bailable.
The prosecution had argued against Alhaji Lamido being granted bail saying he could jeopardise peace in the state, while Lamido’s counsel argued that the former governor remained innocent until proven guilty.
The court had on Tuesday remanded Lamido in prison custody pending the court’s decision today on his application for bail.
He was arraigned before the court on a four-count charge bordering on inciting comments. Lamido was arrested by the police in Kano on Sunday for allegedly inciting his supporters to violence during the forthcoming council poll in Jigawa state on July 1.
Mr Lamido who was Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister between 1999 and 2003, was put on trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC alongside his sons, for allegedly embezzling state funds while he was governor.
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