Alhaju Ramalan Yero, the immediate former Governor of Kaduna State and three other individuals have been granted bail by a federal high court in Kaduna. The four men are standing trial over an alleged case of fraud that occurred under the Ramalan Yero led administration of Kaduna state. Justice Muhammad Shuaibu placed bail to each accused person n the sum of one hundred million naira and two sureties in the like sum.
The other individuals accused alongside Yero include a former State Chairman of the PDP; Abubakar Gaya-Haruna, former Secretary to the State Government; Hamza Ishaq and Nuhu Somo Wya who is a former Minister of Power. The court ruled that the sureties must reside within the jurisdiction of the court and must submit their international passports.
The advocate for Ramalan Yero and the other accused, Ustaz Yunus SAN, had argued that since the former governor was already on administrative bail, and he had not tampered with investigations and has shown no indication that he will begin to tamper with them now. However, prosecuting counsel; Joshua Saidi did not hesitate to point out that Alh. Ramalan Yero had enough influence in the society and he could easily tamper with the processes of investigation.
The presiding Justice however granted the accused bail after listening to the bail arguments from both counsels. He also adjourned the case to the 26th of September, 2018 for the commencement of the hearing. The court had remanded Yero and others in prison custody since last week before the bail hearing after the EFCC had prepared a case against the accused before the court ordered the arrest and subsequent imprisonment of the accused.
Several supporters of Ramalan Yero were present at the court room to show their love and solidarity for the former governor. It was reported that several brooms were burnt and placards were on display at the court premises all of which showed support for the accused. Some of the inscriptions include “Injustice is a threat to democracy,” “APC is not a Democratic Government,” and “From prison back to Sir Kashim Ibrahim House”