Ex-Governor Detained Over Alleged Fraud



A former Adamawa governor, James Bala Ngilari, has been detained in Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, custody.

Ngilari’s detention followed a directive by a Yola High Court judge, before who the former is charged with fraud.

Gbenga Aroyehun, EFCC’s spokesman for the Gombe Zonal office, said Ngilari is charged with violating procurement laws in awarding a N167m contract to El-Yadi Motors Limited for the supply of 25 units of Toyota Corolla.

The former governor is facing the 19 count-charge, alongside former secretary to the Adamawa, Ibrahim Welye, and former Commissioner of Finance and Budget, Sanda Jonathan Lamurde – all of who served under Ngilari.

The accused are accused of “conspiracy, lack of no objection certificate, no competitive bidding and others in the procurement process for the contract.

“The three pleaded not guilty and their lawyers applied for bail on their behalf, which the prosecution opposed.”

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