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Zamfara court grants bail to ex-information minister

The Zamfara State Shari’a Court has granted bail to former Information Minister, Ikra Bilbis.

Bilbis was arrested by the police last Tuesday and brought to the court for allegedly destroying billboards of the All Progressives Congress and other government property during a rally of the Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday.

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

He, however, gave the accused person three conditions to fulfil.

He said, “Considering the fact that, both prosecutor and counsel for the accused person James 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”.

“He should however fulfil the following conditions:

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“He will bring two sureties. One of the sureties must be a serving permanent secretary in the state’s civil service.

“The other surety must have a house in Gusau town valued between N20 million and above.

Ikra Aliyu Bilbis was the Minister of Information during the Goodluck administration and is currently contesting for a Senatorial position for Zamfara central zone.

He was arrested last Tuesday and detained at the state police headquarters in Gusau for allegedly taking part in the destruction of APC billboards and other government properties during a rally organized by the PDP gubernatorial candidate Dr Dauda Lawan Dare.

Five other PDP stalwarts included the gubernatorial candidate Dauda Lawan Dare, his deputy Governor, Malam Mani Mummuni, PDP acting chairman, Muktar Lugga Salisu Maibuhu Gummi and Shehu Ahmed Regan.

The matter has been adjourned to December 14 2022 for further hearing.

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