Alhassan Ado Doguwa, the majority leader of the House of Representatives, who is being tried on five counts, was granted bail on Monday by a federal high court in Kano State.
Charges include criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, illegal firearm possession, mischief, and inciting a riot.
Following an exparte application for the enforcement of rights of Alhassan Ado Doguwa made before the court by his attorney, Barrister Nuraini Jimoh, the presiding judge, Justice Yunusa Muhammad, granted Doguwa bail.
Jimoh prayed the court to admit the defendant on bail, arguing that his client is presumed to be innocent, pursuant to the provision of section 35 sub 6 of the constitution of Federal of Nigeria (1999 as amended).
Ruling on the application, Justice Muhammad granted the application with N500m and two reliable sureties in like sum.
The court said the sureties shall be First Class Emir and any Senior officer in Civil Service.
Justice Muhammad similarly ordered Doguwa to drop his International Passport to Court Registry pending the trial.
Doguwa was earlier arraigned before a Senior Magistrate court by the Kano State Commissioner of Police and was later remanded in prison till March 7, 2023.