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Reps’ panel summons Adamawa CC over Ngilari’s release from custody

By Msugh Ityokura and Ameh Ochojila, Abuja
03 December 2021   |   2:44 am
The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions yesterday summoned the Adamawa State Controller of Corrections (CC) to produce a former governor of the state, James Bala Ngilari

[FILES] Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila. Photo/FACEBOOK/SPEAKERGBAJA

Court orders DSS to release detained businessman after six months in detention

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions yesterday summoned the Adamawa State Controller of Corrections (CC) to produce a former governor of the state, James Bala Ngilari, before the committee on Tuesday, next week.

Ngilari, who was standing trial before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for embezzling state funds while he served as governor in 2015 was jailed in a correctional facility in the state.

The convicted former governor was arraigned before Justice Nathan Musa of the Adamawa State High Court sometime in 2016 by the EFCC, alleging that he conspired with his former Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ibrahim Andrew Walye and Finance Commissioner, Jonathan Lamorde, to award a contract to El-Yard Motors Company to supply 25 units of Toyota Corolla saloon cars, 2015 model, to the tune of N167,812,500.00 without following the procurement process.

But while he was serving his jail term, a Deputy Controller of Corrections in the state, Abubakar M. Abubakar, who took Ngilari to court as the hearing continued, allegedly released the former governor.

Abubakar, who was subsequently sacked from office by the authorities for releasing the convict without a court order to the effect, filled a petition against his former office, seeking reinstatement into service.

The petitioner, who claimed he released the former governor on the orders of the then state Commissioner of Police, did not challenge his sack in court, preferring to petition the public petitions committee.

Chairman of the committee, Jerry Alagbaso, who presided over the hearing, adjourned the matter to Tuesday, next week when it is hoped Ngilari would be produced before the committee.

IN another development, Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Department of the State Services (DSS) to immediately release a Jalingo-based businessman, Ntari Hassan Danladi, allegedly clamped into detention more than six months ago.

The businessman was said to have been detained by the security agency over his alleged link with the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Justice Chikere made the order for his release while delivering ruling on a motion on notice marked FHC/ABJ/CS/450/2021), filed by Pius Danba Pius on behalf of Danladi.