UPDATED: Just In: Former Governor Sule Lamido arraingned in court over LG election crisis

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[Jigawa]–Alhaji Sule Lamido, the former governor of Jigawa, has been arraigned at the Chief Magistrate’s Court two in Dutse amidst tight security.

He was earlier arrested early on Sunday, April 30 for allegedly trying to disrupt local government elections in Kano through his supporters.

Lamido was alleged to have made inciting statement, calling on his supporters to disrupt the local government elections slated for July 1.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abdul Jinjiri, has told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the ex-governor was brought to Dutse from Zone 1 in Kano early on Tuesday.

He was arrested at his Sharada-Kano home on Sunday, and taken to Zone One Command of the Nigeria Police in Kano.

According to the police, the ex-governor’s alleged offence is contrary to Section 114 of the penal code.

Fingers are still crossed as we await the decision of the court.

It will be recalled that the Lamido served as Foreign minister of Nigeria from 1999 to 2003.

Later, he was elected governor of Jigawa State in April 2007.

As a  member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), he ran successfully for reelection on 26 April 2011.

In 2015, he and his sons were put on trial for embezzling state fund by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

UPDATE:

Court has eventually remanded him in prison till May 4, for alleged incitement.

Chief Magistrate Muhammad Lamin refused the accused bail and adjourned the case till May 4, for the continuation of the case.

His counsel, Yakubu Ruba and Felix Jones said that the offences were bailable and wondered why the court did not grant the accused bail.

Lamido is standing trial on a four-count charge of inciting public disturbance, defamation of character, criminal intimidation and disturbance of public peace.

The offences contravened sections 113, 114, 392 and 394 of the Penal Code.




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