Zamfara Shari’a court grants bail to ex-minister, adjourns case to December 14

The Zamfara State Upper Shari’a Court 11, sitting in Gusau, the state capital has granted bail to former Minister of Information, Hon. Ikira Aliyu Bilbis.

The former minister was arrested by the Zamfara State police Command in the early hours of Tuesday and arraigned before the court for alleged criminal conspiracy, public disturbances and other criminal offences during the PDP rally last Sunday.

The ruling APC government in the State claimed that billboards and other government properties were destroyed during the rally.

Delivering the judgement, the presiding judge of the court, Justice Jibril Ibrahim submitted that he granted bail to the minister based on sections 300 and 301 of the Zamfara State Shari’a Penal Code.

Justice Ibrahim, however, gave three conditions for the bail: “Considering the fact that both prosecutor and defence counsel for the accused person, Barrister John Shaka have reached an agreement and based on sections 300 and 301 of the Shari’a Penal Code, I hereby grant bail to the accused person,” the Shari’a judge said.

“The accused person must bring two sureties; one of the sureties must be a serving permanent secretary in the state’s civil service and the other surety must have a certificated house in Gusau town valued between N20 million and above.”

Ikra Aliyu Bilbis was a Minister of Information(State) during Goodluck Jonathan’s administration and he is currently the senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara Central Senatorial Zone.

It was gathered that five other PDP chieftains were pencilled to be arrested including the party’s flagbearer, Dr Dauda Lawan Dare, Deputy Governor, Malam Mani Mummuni, PDP Acting Chairman Muktar Mohammed Lugga, Salisu Maibuhu Gummi and Shehu Ahmed Regan.

The Upper Shari’a Court judge, however, adjourned the case to December 14th, 2022 for further hearing.

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