Ex-Adamawa Governor, James Ngilari Jailed 5 Years

A Yola high court presided over by Justice Nathan Musa on Monday sentenced former Adamawa State governor, Barrister Bala James Ngillari to five years jail term without option of fine over corruption related cases.

Justice Nathan Musa of the Adamawa High Court on Monday convicted Ngilari for alleged violation of procurement laws.

 The judge said the minimum sentence allowed by law was five years although the maximum term allowed for the offence was above 25 years.
 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had charged Ngilari and two others for violation of procurement laws in the award of contract of N167million to one El-Yadi Motors Limited for supply of 25 units of operational vehicles (Toyota Corolla).
The others arraigned alongside Ngilari in a 19-count charge were his former secretary to the government, Ibrahim Andrew Welye and his former Commissioner of Finance and Budget, Sanda Jonathan Lamurde.
The Commission accused them of conspiracy, lack of objection Certificate, No competitive bidding and others in procurement process.

It will be recalled that the EFCC had, for his alleged role in the sharing of N450m in his state during the build-up to the 2015 presidential election.

The money was said to be part of the $115m (N23bn) which was allegedly distributed by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.