- Former governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido was arrested on Sunday
- Lamido's house was also searched by the police
- The governor has been accused of making inciting comments
- The petition that led to his arrest was sent by Jigawa state government
Following his arrest and Sunday, April 30, the Nigerian Police Force has explained why the arrest and detention of former governor Sule Lamido was necessary.
Lamido, according to the Kano state police spokesperson, Samba Sokoto, made some inciting statements during Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) meeting in Dutse, Jigawa state.
The ex-governor's alleged offence is contrary to Section 114 of the penal code and the police vowed to charge him to court after investigations.
According to Premium Times, Sokoto said the investigation was triggered by a petition received on April 27 from the Jigawa state government against the former governor, who was accused of asking his supporters to resort to violence if the July 1 local government elections did not go their way.
In the petition originally written in Hausa, the former governor reportedly urged followers to 'break heads'.
He allegedly said: “Before the election I will make every one of you swear with his life to protect our cause. No matter what, I will not listen to you for complaining. All I want is to come for your bail in the police station breaking another person’s head or you fought someone because the administration belongs to mad people."
Lamido was arrested at his Sharada Kano home on Sunday, April 30 morning and taken away to the Zone One Command of the Nigeria Police in Kano.
When Lamido's house was however searched by the police, a police source revealed that nothing incriminating was found in the House.
The ex-governor spent the night in detention and may be there till Tuesday, when he can be charged to court for trial.
Lamido's political aide, Dahiru Kera, however said that the former governor is being victimised by those in power.
NAIJ.com recalls that Lamido recently said that President Muhammadu Buhari is not really fighting the war against corruption because he is corrupt himself.
Lamido told BBC Hausa Service that Buhari “equally corrupt when he served under the late Head of State Sani Abacha” and his present anti-corruption war is just ‘noise’.
Lamido said Buhari, who served as chairman of the defunct Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) that was established by Abacha in 1994 to provide important facilities across the country, dipped his hands in the national treasury as well.
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