Monday, March 6, 2017

BREAKING: Former Adamawa gov. Bala Ngilari sentenced to five years imprisonment

Former Adamawa state Governor , Bala Ngilari , has been sentenced to five years imprisonment by an Adamawa state High court .

Justice Nathan Musa convicted Ngillari to five years imprisonment while discharging and acquitting the other two accused persons , Sanda Lamorde and Ibrahim Welye standing trial with him .

Ngillari was found guilty on all five counts of conspiracy to award contract amounting to the tune of N 167, 812, 500 for the purchase of 25 units of operational official vehicles for the state without compliance with due process .

The judge in his ruling based his conviction of the former Governor on section 58( 5) of the Public Procurement Acts , saying “ the law hands of the laws are tied to convict any person found guilty of breach of procurement acts to be sentenced to less than five years imprisonment .

He said , “ The convict is sentenced to a cumulative sentence of five years , cumulatively on all the five counts to any jail in this country of his choice. But , in the meantime , he will be held here in the Yola Prison. ”

Mr Ngilari has , however , said he will exercise his rights to appeal while welcoming the judgement in good faith .

“ I accept the judgement with good faith without hard feelings to anyone, ” he told journalists after the ruling .

The case against Ngillari , who ruled Adamawa following ex -Governor Murtala Nyako , under the Peoples Democratic Party former , was filed by the ruling All Progressive Congress government led by Mohammed Jibrilla.

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