Appeal Court acquits ex-Adamawa govervor, Bala Ngilari

The Court of Appeal in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, has discharged and acquitted former governor of the state, Bala Ngilari.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had accused him of violating procurement laws in the award of contract of 167 million naira to one El-Yadi Motors Limited for the supply of 25 units of operational vehicles (Toyota Corolla).

The anti-graft agency had instituted a 19-count against Ngilari, his former Secretary to the State Government, Ibrahim Welye and his former Commissioner of Finance and Budget, Sanda Lamurde.

The EFCC also accused them of conspiracy, lack of “No Objection Certificate”, and no competitive bidding among others in the procurement process.

The three pleaded not guilty and their lawyers applied for bail on their behalf, but the prosecution opposed the appeal.

The court, however, acquitted the two aides for lack of sufficient proof.

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