The Federal High Court in Yola, Adamawa State, has convicted and jailed the former Governor of Adamawa State, Bala James Ngilari, for five (5) years.
Justice Nathan Musa in his ruling found Ngilari guilty of five charges and consequently sentenced him to 5 years in prison for failing to adhere to the procurement laws of the state.
“The convict is sentenced to a cumulative sentence of five years, cumulatively on all five counts to any jail in this country of his choice. But in the meantime, he will be held here in Yola Prison,” the judge stated.
The second and third defendants in the case, Sanda Lamorde, a former Secretary to the Adamawa State Government and Ibrahim Welye, the former Commissioner of Finance, were discharged and acquitted.
The former governor however noted that he will appeal the judgement;
“I accept the judgement with good faith without hard feelings to anyone,” he said.