The Adamawa State High Court on Monday sentenced former a Governor of the state, Bala Ngilari, to five years in prison, without an option of fine.
The court presided over by Justice Nathan Musa, said Mr. Ngilari violated the state’s procurement laws while in office.
Delivering judgment in the case brought against the former governor, Justice Musa said the minimum sentence allowed by law for the offence is five years.
The judge, however, added that the convict could have earned more than 25 years in maximum term.
Mr. Ngilari was dragged to the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for violating the Adamawa State procurement laws.
The former governor was facing a 19 count charge alongside the former Secretary to the Adamawa State Government, Ibrahim Welye, and a former Commissioner of Finance and Budget, Sanda Lamurde.
They were alleged to have violated the law in the award of N167million contract to El-Yadi Motors Limited, for the supply of 25 units of operational vehicles (Toyota Corolla) to the state government.
The anti-graft agency had accused the trio of conspiracy, none competitive bidding, failure to issue Certificate of No Objection, in the procurement process for the vehicles.
Reacting to the ruling, Mr Ngillari said while he has accepted the ruling in good faith he would, however, exercise his rights to appeal.
“I accept the judgment with good faith without hard feelings to anyone,” he told journalists.