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Ex-Adamawa governor Bala Ngilari goes to jail for corruption

Former Adamawa governor Bala Ngilari jailed for corruption

The former Adamawa State Governor, Bala James Ngilari, has been sentenced to 5-year jail term for breaching due process in the award of contracts worth N176.8million.

An Adamawa State High Court in Yola found him guilty of failing to adhere to the procurement laws of the state.

Justice Nathan Musa in a 75-minute long ruling found the former governor guilty of four charges, and discharged him on one, which bordered on conspiracy.

The judge discharged and acquitted former Secretary to the State Government, and the Commissioner of Finance, who were second and third defendants in the case.

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Justice Musa said the law stipulated that the convict shall not be given an option of fine.

He sentenced the former governor to five years in prison, saying Ngilari is free to serve his 5 years jail term in any prison of his choice.

Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had arrested him September 2016.

Ngilari was governor of Adamawa from October 1, 2014 to May 29, 2015, after previously serving as deputy to former governor, Murtala Nyako.

Nyako was impeached in July 2014 and Ngilari was said to have voluntarily resigned to avoid impeachment.

In a controversial circumstances, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri subsequently became governor following the departure of Nyako and Ngilari.

But Ngilari went to court courts to declare his resignation illegal, the court affirmed that he’s the rightful governor and not Fintiri.