Friday, 21 July 2017

Ngilari’s Acquittal “A Travesty of Justice” says EFCC, moves to appeal


 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has described as a “travesity of justice” the recent acquittal of Former Adamawa Governor, Bala Ngilari by the Court of Appeal. The commission said it will appeal the judgment.
Wilson Uwajuren, the commission’s spokesperson disclosed this on Friday.
According to him, “Pundits consider the decision of the Appellate Court, which was read by Justice Folashade Omoleye as shocking, and the last thing needed by the current war against corruption being spearheaded by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“It is curious that Justice Omoleye, while delivering the ruling, alluded to the fact that Ngilari was not ‘a procurement entity’ and as such, a former governor could not be charged ‘as if he was an ordinary procurement officer’
“The commission has therefore resolved to appeal the ruling because the EFCC believes the judgment is a travesty of justice”
Ngilari was earlier convicted of corruption charges and sentenced 5 years imprisonment by a High Court in Adamawa state. The conviction was however upturned on Thursday by the Court of Appeal.

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