A Yola High Court yesterday sentenced former governor of Adamawa State, Bala James Nggilari to five years in prison without an option of fine for corruption involving the purchase of 25 vehicles amounting to N167million without following due process.
The presiding judge, Justice Nathan Musa said that Nggilari was found guilty of the five count charges brought against him.
He said the contract was awarded to Elyadim Motors Limited without due process or approval from the state Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) and without ‘certificate of no objection’.
Justice Musa however discharged and acquitted former Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Andrew Ibrahim Walye and former commissioner for Finance, Jonathan Lamurde, who were standing trial alongside the former governor.
The Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Barrister Silas Sanga, reacting to the judgement, said history has been made from the legal point of view in that a former governor has been convicted for corruption related offenses.
“We thank the court for its judgement and we note the admonishment given by the judge that this is a lesson to all other governors not to run the affairs of government as if it is their personal thing.”
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ahmed Sajoh also said the judgement is a land mark in the history of the state, adding that those in position of authority should realise that they have a duty and responsibility to operate within the content of the law regardless of their personal interest.