JUST IN: Appeal court acquits Nggilari, sets aside 5-yr imprisonment by Unini Chioma

Editorial

After the Nigerian civil war official records showed not a single solider died as all salaries were signed for. Now no government high office holder has been jailed for corruption as there is no probable and proven evidence of corruption. Yet governments funds are gone and project unaccounted for. Nigeria is a land of saints


Mr Bala Ngilari

The Yola Division of the Court of Appeal on Thursday overturned the conviction of a former governor of Adamawa, Bala Ngilari, and discharged and acquitted him of corruption charges.

The court, presided by Justice Olayomi Folashade, quashed all charges against Mr. Ngilari for lack of merit and sufficient proof of allegations against him.

On March 6, a Yola High Court sentenced Mr. Ngilari to five years in prison without the option of fine on charges of financial fraud.

He was jailed for not following due process in the purchase of 25 vehicles at the cost of N169 million.

Mr. Ngilari was charged alongside two of his former aides, Secretary to the State Government and Commissioner of Finance by the anti-graft agency, EFCC.

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

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