James Bala Ngilari, the former governor of Adamawa state, has been charged and remanded in Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s custody. This was the ruling of Justice Nathan Musa of High Court of Adamawa state, which sat in Yola yesterday.
The EFCC had charged Ngilari for violation of procurement laws in the award of contract of one hundred and sixty-seven million naira to one El-Yadi Motors Limited for supply of twenty-five units of operational vehicles (Toyota Corolla).
The Commission had instituted a nineteen count-charge against Ngilari, his former secretary to the government, Ibrahim Andrew Welye and his former Commissioner of Finance and Budget, Sanda Jonathan Lamurde. EFCC accused them of conspiracy, lack of No objection Certificate, No competitive bidding and others in procurement process.
The three pleaded not guilty and their lawyers applied for bail on their behalf that the prosecution opposed. The court ruled that they should be remanded in custody while he adjourned until today for ruling on bail application.