Update: Police Arraign Sule Lamido on Four-count Charge as He is Remanded Till May 4

A former governor of Jigawa State was on Tuesday morning arraigned before a court in Dutse, capital city of Jigawa State.
He was arraigned on a four-count charge for allegedly inciting his supporters to violence.
Lamido was arrested on Sunday morning in Kano for his comments which bordered on the local council polls being organised by the state government billed for July 1.
Lamido has been in police custody in neighbouring Kano State since Sunday morning following a petition by the Jigawa State government.
The former governor was taken from Kano to Jigawa on Tuesday morning for trial.
The Kano State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Samba Sokoto, had said Lamido’ arrest came following inciting statements he made against government of Jigawa which they saw as capable of inciting violence.
By inciting people against government, Sokoto said, Lamido breached Section 114 of the penal code.
He said on Sunday that investigations were ongoing and that Lamido would be charged to court at the end of the investigations.
He said a petition was received by the police on April 27 from the Jigawa State government against the former Governor, who was accused of asking his supporters to resort to violence if the July 1 local government elections did not go their way.
The police spokesperson said Kayode Aderanti, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of the Kano Zone One, promised to be just in the conduct of the investigations.
Lamido, who was arrested at his Sharada Kano home on Sunday morning, was whisked away to the Zone One Command of the Nigeria Police in Kano, till this morning.
Meanwhile, Jigawa State Magistrate Court has remanded the former Governor in prison custody until May 4 when applications for his bail will be decided.
Chief Magistrate Usman Lamin said he needed time to decide on the application for bail and another on the police’s First Investigation Report brought as evidence in the case.
Lamido is being prosecuted by Ikenna Ekpunobi who obtained a fiat by the Jigawa State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Sani Gabbas.
A copy of the fiat obtained by Ekpunobi shows that Lamido is being prosecuted on a four-count charge of inciting disturbance contrary to section 114 of the Penal Code, disturbance of public peace contrary to section 113 of the Penal Code, defamation of character punishable under section 392 of the Penal Code and criminal intimidation punishable under section 397 of the Penal Code.
Ekpunobi was supported by two counsel, Yahya Basirka and Aliyu Kiyawa.
After the court ruling and despite the heavy presence of security operatives at the court and around Dutse, protest by the former Governor’s supporters outside the court forced the police to use tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Author: News Editor

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