Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday granted bail to former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido and two his sons, Aminu and Mustapha.
The former governor was granted bail on self-recognition while his sons paid the sum of N25million each with two sureties.
Also, one Aminu Abubakar Wada, a party to the case, was also granted bail on the sum of N25million.
Justice Kolawole, a vacation judge, who heard their bail application, adjourned ruling to 2:30pm after hearing the matter for over an hour.
On Thursday last week, Justice Evelyn Anyadike of the Federal High Court in Kano had remanded them in Kano Prison after they were docked on a 28-count charge of corruption and money laundering brought against them by the EFCC.
Justice Anyadike adjourned their trial till September 28 but said they could approach the vacation judge with their formal bail application.
They were transferred to Kuje Prison in Abuja on Monday from Kano prison and brought to the court yesterday.
Chief Joe Agi, counsel to the Lamidos, prayed the court to grant the accused bail on the grounds that they were presumed innocent before the law until they were found guilty or convicted.
Citing section 125 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, he urged the court to grant the applicants bail, saying the former governor honoured an invitation by the anti-graft agency while he was abroad, and did not flee from the law when he had the chance.
Mr. Chile Okoroma, counsel to the EFCC, argued that the punishment for the crime (money laundering) that the accused were alleged to have committed, was seven years imprisonment without an option of fine.
Okoroma said they might flee because of the weight of the charges brought against them.
After listening to arguments from both sides, Justice Kolawole ruled that the accused persons be released on bail on the grounds that the prosecuting counsel was not able to prove that they would jump bail.
The travails of the Lamidos began in 2012 when Aminu was arrested by the EFCC at the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, for failing to declare the sum of $40,000.
He was prosecuted and convicted with 50 percent of the undeclared sum forfeited to the Federal Government.
But the investigation into the source of the funds led EFCC operatives into the guarded web of alleged corruption and money laundering involving members of the former first family of Jigawa State and their cronies.


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