A Federal Court sitting in Kano State, Nigeria’s Northwest region has ordered a former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, his two sons, Aminu and Mustapha, who were accused of fraud, to be remanded in Kano prison till September 28.
The former governor was arraigned today (Thursday) alongside his children for allegedly receiving N1.351 billion kickback from a government contractor.
The presiding judge, Justice Evelyn Anyadike ruled that the four accused persons be remanded in a Kano prison custody because the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said they lacked enough facilities to accommodate them.
Rejecting the pleas of defense Counsel, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, (SAN) Mr. Effiong Effiong, Justice Anyadike ruled that the accused be kept at EFCC custody, saying the commission had complained of inadequate Facilities.
Earlier, the defense Counsel, Mr. Effiong had argued that remanding the accused persons in prison will amount to trampling on their fundamental human rights.
The trial for the Lamidos is fixed for September 28, for hearing.
Channels Television also gathered that the court was besieged by supporters of the former governor who chanted songs in his support.
The police are reported to have fired tear gas canisters into the air after an altercation ensued between supporters of the former governor and the police.