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Sule Lamido remanded in prison

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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A former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, has been remanded in prison custody by a chief magistrate’s court sitting in Dutse, the state capital.

Chief Magistrate Usman Lamin on Tuesday ruled that the ex-governor be remanded in Dutse prison until May 4 when applications for his bail will be decided.

In his ruling, Mr Lamin held that he needed time to decide on the application for bail and study the police’s First Investigation Report, FIR, brought as evidence in the case.

Mr Lamido is standing trial at the court on a four-count charge bordering on disturbance.

According to the court document, the charges against the former governor was contrary to section 114 of the Penal Code, disturbance of public peace and 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.

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Penultimate week, Mr Lamido took swipe at the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, on BBC Hausa, saying he was ready to work with whatever evil – even from abyss of hell – to uproot the APC government.

In a petition written against Mr Lamido, Governor Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State, through his lawyer, I. C. Ekpunobi, alleged that Mr Lamido had “criminally launched an onslaught against the government of Jigawa State” on April 8 at the state party secretariat.

The governor also alleged that Mr Lamido had published his “injurious/inflammatory remark” which amounts to “inciting breach/disturbance of public peace”.

The petition reads in part: “In fact a certain version of the said recorded publications captured the suspect addressing his thugs, cohorts and hangers on, to the effect that any one of them who will eventually need him for bail from the authorities, must have been indicted for cutting off someone’s head or slitting someone’s throat.”

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