There was mild drama at the Federal High Court in Kano when former Governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido, exclaimed in Court, “you mean I’m now a prisoner?” as he was told to move to a waiting van for a journey to Kano central prison.
The Peoples Democratic Party stalwart was docked over a 28-count charge alongside his two sons, Aminu and Mustapha, and one Wada Abubakar in connection with alleged corruption and money laundering of over N1.34 billion.
The former governor shortly after he lost his freedom, following the refusal of the court to grant his bail application exclaimed, ‘you mean I’m now a prisoner?’ But the Deputy Chief Registrar of the Court, Solomon Akpedah responded swiftly to cool the traumatised Jigawa born politician, as he quickly said ‘no sir, you are not a prisoner’
Justice Evelyn Anyadike while ruling on the bail application said that all the four accused persons should be remanded in Kano prison pending the appointment of a vacation judge to decide the veracity and other wise of the application.
Justice Anyadike said, “the case is hereby adjourned for hearing to September 28th, while the four accused persons are to be remanded in prison custody in Kano”.
The trial Judge who explained that she was in Kano by Fiat, further ruled that “the case will be handed over to a vacation Judge to listen to the bail application while the Judiciary goes on vacation next Monday.