Former Adamawa State Governor James Bala Ngilari has been charged and remanded in Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) custody. This was the ruling of Justice Nathan Musa of High Court of Adamawa State, which sat in Yola on Tuesday.
The EFCC had charged Ngilari for violation of procurement laws in the award of a contract of N167m to one El-Yadi Motors Limited for the supply of twenty-five units of Toyota Corollas.
The Commission had instituted a nineteen-count charge against Mr. Ngilari, his former secretary to the government, Ibrahim Andrew Welye, and his former Commissioner of Finance and Budget, Sanda Jonathan Lamurde. The EFCC accused them of conspiracy, lack of a No Objection Certificate, non-competitive bidding, and other fraudulent actions in the procurement process.
The three pleaded not guilty and their lawyers applied for bail on their behalf, which the prosecution opposed. The court ruled that they should be remanded in custody while he adjourned until today a ruling on the bail application.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this article contained a picture of another individual named Bala Ngillari.