Reasons why Same Judge Who Jailed Former Adamawa Gov. Ngilari Granted Him Bail

Reasons have emerged why Justice Nathan Musa of a Federal High Court, Yola, who sentenced former Governor of Adamawa State, James Bala Ngilari, to a five-year jail term for procurement offence, Monday, granted bail to the convict on health grounds.
Justice Musa granted the bail after Ngilari appealed against his recent conviction.
He was granted bail in the sum of N100m with two sureties, who must deposit Certificates of Occupancy of landed property owned in Yola.
Justice Musa said that the former Governor would enjoy his bail pending the determination of his appeal.
Ngilari’s bail plea was supported by a medical report, from Yola Prison, which indicated that the former Governor had been under intensive medical management.
The report, signed by John Bukar, a Deputy Comptroller in charge of Health, stated that Ngilari had diabetes, hypertension and insomnia.
It said that Ngilari, who had been referred to Canada Specialist Hospital in Dubai, for evaluation and management, had blood pressure that was rising between 180/110 MMHG to 190/120 MMHG.
Justice Musa, on March 6, sentenced Ngilari to five years in prison, without an option of fine, for violating the Public Procurement Act in the award of contract for the procurement of 25 vehicles.
The vehicles, which were for commissioners, were purchased at the cost of N167m.
Musa, in his judgment, had declared that due process was not followed in the transaction.
Ngilari, having appealed the sentence, went back to the same court that convicted him, and asked for bail, pending the determination of his Appeal.
Justice Musa, after listening to arguments of counsel to Ngilari, Sam Olugunorisa, and that of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abubakar Aliyu, in the motion for bail pending appeal, granted Ngilari’s request.

Author: News Editor

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