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[Adamawa]–An  ex-governor of Adamawa state, Bala Ngilari, has been sentenced to five years imprisonment by an High Court in Yola, Adamawa state, for conspiracy in the awarding of certain public contracts in the state.

Bala Ngilari,

Bala, who was convicted on March 06, 2017, was found guilty on charges related to the awarding of public contract amounting to the tune of N167,812,500 for the purchase of 25 units of operational official vehicles for the state without compliance with due process.

Justice Nathan Musa, who presided over the judgment also discharged and acquitted the other two accused persons, Sanda Lamorde and Ibrahim Welye standing trial with him.

The conviction of the former Governor was based on section 58(5) of the Public Procurement Acts. According to the judge, “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. Bala, while speaking with journalists after the case said while he act towards appealing the case, he has the judgement with good faith.

“I accept the judgement with good faith without hard feelings to anyone,” he said.

It should be noted that Mr. Bala Ngilari ruled Adamawa state after former governor Murtala Nyako under the platform of the PDP.

While he was charged  on September 21, 2016, the case against him was filed by the ruling All Progressive Congress government led by Mohammed Jibrilla.

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