The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL has described the five-year jail term sentence of a Former Adamawa Governor; James Ngilari has a laudable feat in the Anti-Corruption fight.
Ngilari was arraigned on 17 criminal charges bordering on award of contracts without due process. He was later found guilty on all five count of conspiracy to award contract with N167, 812,500 for the purchase of 25units of operational official vehicles for the State without compliance to procedure.
Mr Debo Adeniran, the Executive Chairman of CACOL expressed his pleasantness over the matter as this has proved an impressible level of success in the efforts and energy exerted into the fight against Corruption thus far.
He said “we applaud the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for their unrelenting fight and struggle to see that this country is clean of corruption. This successful prosecution of Ngilari indicates that corrupt elements will gradually realize that the perpetration of corruption with impunity has consequences no matter how highly placed you are in the country. CACOL therefore commends the EFCC and the courage of the Judge that has ‘dared’ to pronounce within the ambit of the law that an ‘untouchable’ personality like the former governor can be prosecuted and convicted.”
“The Federal government must increase the capacity of the anti-corruption agencies and the law enforcement agencies in order to gain more grounds against criminalities and for the sanitization of Nigeria. We call for intensification of the aptitude of the EFCC so as to keep the heat on, on the corrupt public and private office holders and to ensure they answer to every crime they have committed.”
He concluded that “We won’t relent until we Name, Nail, Shame and shun Corrupt Leaders anywhere and everywhere. Those who are yet to be sentenced should get ready as the fight is getting more intense, Ngilari’s is just the beginning.”
Wale Salami
Media Coordinator, CACOL
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