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News - March 29, 2017

Ngilari: Prison service removes 2 officers, counsel disagrees  

Bala James Ngilari

Two officers of the Nigerian Prison Service (NPS), have reportedly been replaced in their duty posts for their roles, leading to the freedom of convicted former Adamawa State governor, Bala James Ngilari.

The two officers were said to have authored a health report that was tendered in court which saw the erstwhile governor bail application to scale through.

He was eventually granted a N100 million bail on Monday for medical treatment.

Angered by the roles the duo played, the NPS said it has ordered their immediate removal.

The duo, an officer and a nurse attached to Yola Prison, have been removed and their positions taken over by new officials on the orders of the Comptroller-General of Prisons,  Ja’afaru Ahmed.

The letter to that effect was said to have been delivered to the affected officers on Tuesday by the Zone C Coordinator of the NPS, Assistant Comptroller-General, Bala Mohammed Isgogo. Those removed are the Officer in charge of  Yola Prison, Abubakar Abaka, a Deputy Controller of Prison, and John Bukar, a nurse and Superintendent of Prisons.

A statement by A. B. Salihu, a Deputy Controller of Prisons, on behalf of the Zone C Coordinator of Prisons, Isgogo, said the NPS was taken aback by the action of the two officials and would be made to face the full weight of the law.

Although the statement did not specify the sanctions to be meted out on the two officers, a source confirmed that they would be moved to Abuja for necessary disciplinary action that would serve as deterrent to others, who are in the habit of committing crimes and embarrassing the NPS.

But, counsel to Ngilari, Obed Wadzan disagreed with the NPS.

He said the court did not act on the letter from Yola Prison to grant Ngilari bail but a medical report presented before it.

Wadzan said the medical reports presented to the court indicated that Ngilari needed medical attention following the history of his health conditions by his personal physician and some hospitals abroad.

Wadzan told journalists at a press conference that the letter from prison was simply to explain the reason the former governor could not appear in court based on his bail application.

He explained that lawyers do not have any power to determine the health condition of anybody, stressing that if the Attorney General of the state was not satisfied with the medical report presented before the court, he should simply invite a medical personnel to explain to the court whether the medical report presented before it was genuine or not.

Ngilari was recently sentenced to five years in prison by a Yola High Court presided over by Justice Nathan Musa for corruption and the same court on Monday also granted the ex-governor bail based on his present medical condition in prison.

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