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Ngilari’s release: Sagay demands prosecution of prison officers

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Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

The Nigeria Prisons Service has grilled senior officers for their role in the release of convicted ex-governor of Adamawa State, Mr. Bala Ngilari.

But the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), told our correspondent that the Federal Government must ensure that all those involved in Ngilari’s controversial release were prosecuted.

Sagay said the culpable officers must be quickly dismissed and then arraigned in court for fraud and conspiracy.

The senior advocate said it was unfortunate  that the war against corruption was being undermined by security agents and court officials.

He said if Ngilari failed to return from Dubai, the Federal Government should immediately begin his repatriation since Nigeria and the UAE have an extradition treaty.

It was also learnt on Sunday that the service had sent its findings and recommendations to the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board.

The board had last month suspended the Controller of Prisons for Adamawa State, Peter Tenkwa,  his deputy, Abubakar Abaka; and John Bukar, a Superintendent of Prisons for allegedly helping the former governor to secure his release.

The spokesman for the NPS, Mr. Francis Enobore, told our correspondent on the telephone that after the suspension of the three officers, that they were summoned before the prisons authorities and grilled for several weeks.

He, therefore, denied insinuations that the prisons authorities were planning to give the accused officers a soft landing.

Enobore said internal investigations had been concluded but added that he was not sure if the recommendations had been sent to the board for final action.

He said, “They have been issued letters of query. Their responses have been received and they have been called and interviewed and recommendations are now being made to the board which has the power to issue final pronouncements. Anything that will follow will be the board’s decision.”

Asked why the process was taking so long, Enobore said senior officers could not be unilaterally dismissed or suspended without the involvement of the board.

He said anything to the contrary would be in breach of the extant rules and regulations guiding the NPS.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on March 6 secured the conviction of the ex-governor who was arraigned before an Adamawa State High Court on 17 charges bordering on award of contract without due process to the rune of N167.8m. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

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