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Embattled former governor of Adamawa, Mr Bala Ngilari is free of charges brought against him, courtesy of the judgment of Yola Division of the Court of Appeal delivered in his favour on Thursday.

Ngilari was earlier convicted by a high court in the state before he headed for the Court of Appeal.

Presiding judge, Justice Olayomi Folashade, held that the charges brought against Ngilari were lacking in merit and evidences to suggest that he was guilty.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had charged Ngilari with financial fraud and a Yola High Court sentenced him to a five-year jail term without an option of fine on March 6 2017, when it found him guilty of the offence.

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Those charged alongside the former Yola governor were Mr Andrew Welye and Sunday Lamurde, the Secretary to the State Government and Commissioner of Finance under his administration.

The other two named co-accused were released by the court for lack of evidences to support the anti-graft claims of fraud against them. But Ngilari was held and sentenced.

Obed Wadzani, Counsel to Ngilari, said the lower court did not give the governor a fair hearing in the earlier trial which led to his conviction.

 

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