Court free Lamido, sons on bail

At the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday
granted bail on self-recognisance to a former
Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, who is
being prosecuted along with his two sons, Aminu
and Mustapha, as well as others for N1.3bn fraud.
Other accused persons, comprising the two sons
of the former governor and the fourth co-accused,
Aminu Abubakar, were granted bail in the sum of
N25m and two sureties each by Justice Gabriel
Kolawole.
The other companies arraigned along with them
were companies through which they allegedly
perpetrated the fraud.
The companies are Bamaina Holdings Limited,
Bamiana Company Nigeria Limited, Bamaina
Aluminium Limited and Speeds International
Limited.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
in its 24 counts preferred against the accused
persons, alleged that Lamido used his position as
the Governor of Jigawa State between 2007 and
2015 to award contracts to companies in which he
and the two sons had interest.
After the proceedings of Tuesday in Abuja, the
accused persons were driven out of the court
premises back to Federal Capital Territory
Command of the Nigerian Prisons in Kuje, in a
pick-up van with the registration number PS 620
A01 at 6:10pm.
As early as 8am on Thursday, more than 30
policemen had been stationed within and around
the court premises apparently to avert a situation
where the supporters of the former governor
invaded the Kano Division of the court when the
accused persons were being arraigned on July 9.
The policemen screened people into the court
premises and prevented people from parking their
cars in the usual parking spaces around the court
premises.
The accused persons were transferred to Kuje
Prison from Kano prison, where they were
remanded by Justice Evelyn Anyadike of the Kano
Division of the Federal High Court in Kano upon
their arraignment before her court on July 9.
The accused persons were on July 9 arraigned by
the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
before Justice Anyadike of the Kano Division of the
Federal High Court.
But Justice Anyadike had declined to hear the bail
applications filed on behalf of the accused persons
due to the then imminent court vacation, which
was to commence the next day.
The judge had ordered the remand of the accused
persons in prison and adjourned till September 28
for commencement of trial.
But the judge had said that the accused persons
were at liberty to file their bail applications before a
vacation judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The accused persons, through their counsel, Joe
Agi (SAN), subsequently approached the vacation
judge in the Abuja Division of the Federal High
Court for their bail.
In granting them bail, Justice Kolawole, dismissed
EFCC’s objection to the bail application, holding that
the accused persons were presumed innocent until
proven guilty.
He added that the EFCC had on its own earlier
granted administrative bail to them, a development
which he said, showed that the accused persons
were not flight risk.
Justice Kolawole ordered the accused persons to
meet other conditions, including depositing their
travel documents and passport with the court
registrar.
The court held that one of the two sureties to be
produced by each of the accused persons apart
from Lamido, who is not required to produce any
must be, at least, Grade Level 16 civil servant in
either a federal or state establishment.
The other surety, the judge said, must be an
entrepreneur, who must own a property worth
N75m, located in Abuja, Kano or Jigawa.
Culled from punchng.com

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