By Aliyu Dangida
DUTSE—Bamaina village, the country home of former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, was thrown into festivities yesterday, following his release from Kano Central Prison.
Associates and kinsmen of the former governor in Bamaina and its environs came out en-masse to celebrate the release of their political leader and his two sons, chanting praises of Allah for His intervention.
A Federal High Court sitting in Kano State, presided over by Justice Evlyne Anyakedi, last Thursday remanded Lamido, his two sons, Mustapha and Aminu, and one other at Kano Central Prison, Kurmawa, pending the determination of the bail application by a vacation judge.
One of his aides, Aminu Kasti Bamaina, described the release of his boss and sons as a welcome development, but added that the process that led to his detention was politically-motivated and a witch-hunt.
“I felt extremely happy for seeing that Lamido will be back home to celebrate Sallah festivities with his family, friends and close associates,” Bamaina said.
A social media coordinator of “Lamido mu ke fata 2019’”, Mansur Ahmed, said he could not express his happiness over the release of their mentor, father and former governor of the state, adding that Lamido’s supporters would converged on Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport to welcome him home.
Vanguard reports that most of the supporters and PDP chieftains in the state described Lamido’s arrest as political witch-hunt aimed at tarnishing his reputation, claiming that his achievements were commendable.
The release of Sule Lamido has come at the time Jigawa State government distanced itself from his detention, saying the N1.35 billion alleged fraud, the case involving his sons, was a long awaited case since he was covered by immunity while in office.