Lamido and His Sons regain freedom


Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to the former governor of Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, and his two sons, Aminu and Mustapha, who have been in prison custody for the past five days.

Justice Evelyn Anyadike of the Kano Division of the high court had on July 9, remanded the ex- governor and his sons in prison after they were arraigned over a 28-count criminal charge that was entered against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

In his ruling on tuesday, Justice Kolawole, of the Abuja High Court granted the former governor bail on self recognition while his sons were granted bail on the sum of N25 million each and two sureties who must be civil servant of grade level 16 or a businessman with evidence of tax payment who has landed property in either Abuja or Jigawa state worth N75million.

One Aminu Abubakar Wada, a party to the case, was also granted bail on the sum N25 million.

The accussed persons are facing trial over alleged money laundering and illegal diversion of public funds to the tune of N1.35billion.

Lamido was equally alleged to have collected kickbacks from contractors in the state, with the funds allegedly paid into accounts that were managed by his sons.

While adjourning their trial till September 28, Justice Anyadike who had earlier declined to accede to oral bail request by the accused persons, however said they could approach the vacation
judge with their formal bail application.


Lamido and His Sons

Consequently, the prison authorities, on Monday, flew all the accused persons to Abuja.

Meanwhile,  Joe Agi, SAN, counsel to Lamido and his sons, had pleaded before the Abuja Federal High Court that they would be available to face their trial if released.

Their application was however opposed by the EFCC which through its lawyer Mr. Chile Okoroma, alleged that Lamido and his sons had earlier threatened one of its lead witnesses, one Mr. Bartholomew Dalington, a Manager in one of the companies allegedly owned by the former governor.

EFCC further alleged that one of Lamido’s sons was earlier convicted over another charge that bothered on money laundering.

He was allegedly apprehended at the airport with the sum of $50, 000, even though he only declared the sum of $10, 000.

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