SULE Lamido, former Jigawa State governor, and his two sons, who were arraigned before a Federal High Court sitting in Kano on Thursday, July 9, were remanded in prison.
The trio were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on a 28-count charge bordering on money laundering, abuse of public office and subtle bribery by various companies that were involved in the alleged fraudulent deals, amounting to N1.351 billion.
Lamido and his sons, however, denied all the charges filed against them and prayed the court to allow them file a bail application. But the request that was turned down by Justice Evelyn Anyadike, presiding judge, who ordered their remand in Kano prison pending when the motion for bail application would be heard.
Offiong Offiong, SAN, counsel to the accused, prayed the court to as a matter of liberty of the accused persons grant his prayer to file a bail application, while the prosecution led by Chile Okoroma objected to the request and argued that they were served with the motion at 5pm on Wednesday, July 7.
He said the prosecutions ought to be given ample time to respond to the motion.
Okoroma later applied for Lamido, his sons and Wada Abubakar to be remanded in prison.
But the request did not go down well with Lamido’s counsel who pleaded that they should be remanded in the EFCC custody.
— Jul 20, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT