BREAKING: Court sends Lamido to prison; Fayose worried *Detained ex-Niger governor, Aliyu, knows fate Wednesday

By Editor on 02/05/2017

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Former governor Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, has been remanded in prison by a magistrate court sequel to his arraignment for allegedly inciting disturbance.

Chief Magistrate Usman Lamin, ruled that Lamido is to be in the Dutse prison until May 4 when applications for his bail will be decided, Premium Times reports.

According to the magistrate, he needed time to decide on the application for bail and another on the police’s First Investigation Report, FIR, brought as evidence in the case.

The ruling of the court however, sparked protests by the former governor’s supporters outside the court, despite the heavy presence of security operatives at the court and around Dutse. This forced the police to use tear gas to disperse the crowd. 

The former governor was arrested at his Sharada-Kano home on Sunday, April 30 morning and taken away to the Zone One Command of the Nigeria Police in Kano where he was held until he was arraigned on Tuesday.

He was docked on a four-count charge at a magistrate court in Dutse, the Jigawa state capital.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader is accused of inciting his supporters to violence in the build up to local government elections set to hold in Jigawa on July 1.

Meanwhile, Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has condemned the arrest and continued detention of former Governors of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, warning the All Progressives Congress (APC) government to stop what he described as regime of harassment and intimidation of people perceived to be having presidential ambition in 2019.

The governor, who called on the international community and the media to save democracy in Nigeria from being truncated by the APC cabal’s desperation to hold on to power by whatever means, added that; “It appears that the cabal in the APC led government that is holding Nigerians to ransom want their candidate to contest the 2019 election unopposed. Obviously, that is the reason for the arrest and detention of former Governor of Niger State, Dr Babangida Aliyu and Alhaji Lamido who have shown interest in the presidency.”

In a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, and signed by the Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, he described the  arrest and detention as childish and ridiculous, saying; “If a former governor is arrested and incarcerated for what they called incitement, what should the police have done to those Fulani herdsmen that have killed thousands of Nigerians across the country?”

He said; “With the arrest of Alhaji Lamido, the detention of former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswan since February this year and the arrest and detention of Dr Babangida Aliyu, it is becoming clearer that these APC people will only contest election against themselves in 2019.

“It will even be unnecessary to continue to fund the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) since they don’t want anyone to contest the 2019 presidential election against their party. The APC cabal can as well proscribe INEC and declare their party the perpetual ruler of Nigeria instead of wasting money on conduct of elections.”

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Describing Lamido’s arrest as the height of power drunkenness, Governor Fayose said; “That the police claimed Alhaji Lamido was arrested for allegedly inciting his supporters to go violent if the results of the local government elections fixed for July 1, 2017 is to say the least irresponsible and ludicrous.

“How can you arrest someone in April because of an election slated for July and keep the person in detention for the past 24 hours? Is it not even laughable that the APC government in Jigawa State is so afraid of allowing the people the freedom to participate in an election to be conducted by the State government itself such that it opted for the arrest and detention of a former governor of the State more than two months to the elections?”

The governor, who also condemned the continued detention of former Governor Suswan; said “Rt. Hon. Gabriel Suswan has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the DSS reason for keeping him in detention since February is that he has failed to cooperate with investigators. The question is; what cooperation does the DSS need from someone that will require him being kept in detention for close to two months?”

While calling for a stop to the APC government’s regime of political intimidation and harassment, Governor Fayose said, “Nigerians will resist any attempt to foist a one party State on the country and no matter how tyrannical the APC chooses to become, Nigeria will overcome its tyranny just like the country survived past tyrannical governments.”

Also, the High Court II sitting in Minna will on Wednesday decide whether the detained former governor of Niger State, Muazu Aliyu, and his Chief of Staff, Umar Nasko, will be granted bail or not.

The duo were remanded in prison by the court pending a decision on their application for bail.

Messrs. Aliyu and Nasko, the PDP gubernatorial aspirant in 2015, are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on allegations bordering on fraud, embezzlement and misappropriation of state resources.



Source Premium Times

Posted on May, 2 2017

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