The Adamawa High Court on Monday sentenced a former Governor of the state, Bala James Ngilari to five years imprison without an option of fine. He was convicted by Justice Nathan Musa for alleged violation of procurement laws.
In an hour,25 minutes ruling, Justice Nathan Musa found the former governor guilty of four charges and discharged him on one, which bordered on the conspiracy.
He sentenced the former governor to five years in prison, and said the convict can serve his term in any prison of his choice, he also added that the law stipulated that the convict shall not be given an option of fine.
According to the judge, the minimum sentence allowed by law was five years although the convict could have earned more than 25 years under maximum term.
The EFCC had charged Ngilari last September for violation of procurement laws in the award of contract of N167million to one El-Yadi Motors Limited for the supply of 25 units of operational vehicles (Toyota Corolla).
The Commission had instituted a 19 count charge against the former Adamawa governor, his former secretary to the government, Ibrahim Andrew Welye and his former Commissioner of Finance and Budget, Sanda Jonathan Lamurde.
The judge, however, discharged and acquitted former Secretary to the State Government, and the Commissioner of Finance.
Meanwhile, the founder and President of the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, lauded the EFCC for beaming its searchlight on finances of some individuals that had once held public offices.
Fasehun said the arrest of the former Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Andrew Yakubu, and the recovery of 9.8 million dollars and 74, 000 pounds from his home, was a breakthrough.
The anti-graft agency had announced the recovery of a total sum of $9,772,800 and a sum of £74,000 cash, in a building belonging to a former Group Managing Director of the NNPC, during a special operation conducted on February 3.
According to the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Maku who disclosed this the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes, the huge amount of cash, which is in excess of N3 billion by the official exchange rate, was the largest ever recovered by the agency in recent weeks.
The money was hidden in a fire proof safe in Mr. Yakubu’s home, who was caught off guard by the raid.
A spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, who had also spoken said the surprise raid of the facility was a sequel to an intelligence which the commission received about suspected proceeds of crime believed to be hidden in the slums of Sabon Tasha area of Kaduna.
Fasheun also commended the final forfeiture of over N66 billion linked to the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke to the Federal Government, as ordered by the Court.
The UPN chairman urged the agency to continue the anti-corruption fight but cautioned it against selective arrest.