By Mustapha Usman
A former governor of Jigawa State and chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Sule Lamido, is detained by the police, following complaints by his successor, Badaru Abubakar, that he was inciting the public to truncate the conduct of the council elections in the state.
Last week, the former governor took a 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.
Although the police received the letter of complaint on April 27, Mr Lamido was invited by the police Zone 1 Police Headquarters in Kano on Sunday, April 30 for questioning.
In the petition, which was obtained by DAILY NIGERIAN, the governor, 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.”
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that the police had asearched Mr Lamido’s Kano residence in Sharada and will also search his Bamaina hometown in Birnin Kudu Local Government Area of Jigawa State before releasing him on bail.
Spokesman to the zonal police office, Mohammed Sambo, could not be reached for comment.