Appeal Court Acquits Ex-Adamawa Governor, Bala Ngilari

Baba Ngilari

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

In September 2016, the former governor was charged and remanded in custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), following the ruling delivered by Justice Nathan Musa of a High Court in Yola.

The 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.

Also in September 2016, Justice Nathan Musa of a State High Court in Yola granted bail to Mr Ngilari in the sum of one million naira.

He was also directed to provide a surety with landed property in Yola, who must provide a court affidavit of means to that effect while the case was adjourned.

After several proceedings in which he was convicted while his co-accused were discharged, the Appeal Court in Yola on Thursday, July 20, discharged and acquitted the former governor.

11 Killed As Gunmen Attack Adamawa Deputy Governor’s Residence

At least 11 people have been killed in an early morning attack on Midlu village in Adamawa state, while staging an attack on the residence of the state’s Deputy Governor.

The Deputy Governor’s country home where he normally spends his weekend was alleged attacked by the gunmen who murdered two police guards attached to his house before setting the building ablaze. The raid reportedly lasted over two hours.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mohammed Ibrahim, confirmed the attack stating that unidentified gunmen raided Midlu village, in Madagali local government area of the state, and attacked the home of the state deputy governor, Bala Ngalari.

The police officer failed to provide any more details.

“So far, the information available to me is that 11 people lost their lives in the village, including two private security men at the deputy governor’s house” Mr. Ibrahim said.

However, agency reports, say the gunmen attacked several houses, calling out names and shooting residents leaving some dead, and others injured.

An eye witness, who does not want to be identified according to agency reports said the incident took place in the early hours of Saturday around 2am.

“They attack Bala Ngilari house and I believe they kill some people in the house before set it on fire” he added.

The eye witness explained that the attackers went from house-to-house, picking out their victims, who they even called by name.

According to the witness, the exact number of deaths are yet to be ascertained.