Former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, has been remanded in prison by a Jigawa State Magistrate Court.
Chief Magistrate Usman Lamin ruled that Lamido will remain in prison in Dutse until May 4 when applications for his bail will be decided.
The magistrate said 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 ex-governor 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.
The prosecutor, Ikenna Ekpunobi, reportedly obtained fiat by the Jigawa State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Sani Gabbas. He 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.
Mr. Lamido was arrested on Sunday in Kano and his houses in Kano and Jigawa searched. He was brought to Jigawa on Tuesday morning.