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Appeal Court frees ex-Adamawa gov, Bala Ngilari

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Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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A Court of Appeal sitting in Yola on Thursday discharged and acquitted a former governor of the state, Bala Ngilari.

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 N167 million.

Justice Musa, in his judgment, had declared that due process was not followed in the transaction.

Mr Ngilari, having appealed the sentence, went back to the same court that convicted him, and asked for bail, pending the determination of his appeal.

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Justice Musa, after listening to arguments of counsel to Mr Ngilari, Sam Olugunorisa and that of EFCC, Abubakar Aliyu, in the motion for bail pending appeal, granted Mr Ngilari’s request.

The appeal court however set aside the ruling on Thursday.

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