The immediate past governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, who is currently being detained at the Kano Central prison with two of his sons over alleged embezzlement of public funds has revealed his incarceration is politically motivated. Lamido while speaking with Vanguard via his media aide, Umar Kyari, yesterday, said his political enemies are trying to silence him using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as a tool.
Lamido the money laundering and sundry charges is just a means to pave the way for his political enemies to have their way.
According to “This current effort to frame and denigrate the former governor of Jigawa State with a view to rubbishing his high performance in office will come to naught at the end of the day.
“Lamido remains nothing but a scion of accountability and integrity who has always fought on the side of the people, particularly the downtrodden and the vulnerable, since he came into the national political scene. “He remains unshaken over the trumped-up charges slammed on him by the EFCC knowing that he has not committed any offense to warrant being thrown into the prison over a bailable offense. “But the refusal by his traducers to grant him and his sons bail when others charged same day and time for even more grievous offences were admitted to bail speaks volume of the intention and mindset of those who are after him.
“Nonetheless, Sule Lamido strongly believes that, after being imprisoned several times all in a bid to pave the way for sustained democracy in Nigeria, the current effort by the EFCC and others to humiliate him and his family over the so-called money laundering charges will not break his resolve to continue to fight on the side of the people. “It is Lamido’s strong belief that having not committed any offense against the state to warrant being sent to prison, he and his two sons will be freed and vindicated against the wicked plot of their adversaries”.
It’s likely Lamido and sons will be admitted to bail tomorrow (Monday) as a vacation judge was most likely to hear their bail application on that day. A source said Lamido’s associates had already prepared in many ways to meet whatever conditions the judge might stipulate for their release from prison pending the hearing of the case in September.
Lamido and his two sons, according to the charge sheet of the EFCC, laundered N1.35 billion and have been slammed with a 28-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust.
The trial judge, Justice Evelyn Anyadike, adjourned the case till September 28 while ordering that the suspects be remanded in Kano Prison. Anyadike, however, ruled that the case will be handed over to a vacation judge to listen to the accused persons bail application while the judiciary goes on vacation today.
Source: Today News