By Catherine Philip Jelani
A Yola based High court Presided over by Justice Nathan Musa has sentenced previous Governor of Adamawa state, Barr Bala James Ngilari to five year's detainment without choice of fine.
Bala, was sentenced by the court for wrongfully obtaining 25 units operational vehicles (Toyota Hilux) for his previous Commissioners at the cost of around 167,812,500 while he was a Governor of the State from 2014-2015 without taking after Procurement procedure of Bureau for open procurement,a statutory body set up by laws of Adamawa state to vet contracts.
The convict, was dragged to Yola High court by agents of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) through a grumble by state experts over such infringement of the obtainment procedure in an agreement he granted to a private firm, "AL-YADIM LIMITED" for the acquired of the 25 vehicles.
However the court released and vindicated his previous Secretary to the State Government SSG Mr Ibrahim Andrew Welye and Finance Commissioner, Mr Jonathan Sanda Lamurde as they acted in the illicit Procurement prepare in light of orders by the previous Boss.
Justice Nathan Musa, In a two hour judgement asserted that though the convict, former Governor Bala Ngilari has a procurement entity as backed by law, he did not subject the Procurement of the 25 vehicles through the ministerial tenders Board of the Ministry of Finance and Budget, and the contractor EL-YADIM LIMITED has no any bank guarantee as well as performance bond as enshrined in the 2013 laws of the BPP of Adamawa State nor obtain any waiver from the bureau.
The Judge included that the convict caste off the Procurement procedure to a law that was signed by a Governor in 2013 when he was a Deputy Governor. In the wake of including some important areas of the law, Justice Musa sentence Ex Governor Bala James Ngilari to 5years detainment without choice or fine.
Bala, in a passionate remark to our journalist said he has offered radiance to God for everything that go over him.
However the Attorney General of the Adamawa state, Barrister Bala Sanga said however the triumph of the state is of sensitivity, the judgment would fill in as a drawback to different Governors and political office holders.