Controversy In Prisons Service Over Ex-adamawa Governor’s Release From Jail
SAN FRANCISCO, March 28, (THEWILL) – Heads will roll as the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) seeks to unravel the author of the letter asking an Adamawa State High Court judge to release the convicted former governor of the state, James Balla Ngilari, from prison.
THEWILL recalls that Ngilari, who had barely served a month out of his five-year jail term, was released from prison, following a letter from the prisons which claimed he was ill and required urgent medical attention.
Acting on the letter, the presiding judge, Justice Nathan Musa, ordered the release of the former governor from prison on bail in the sum of N100 million and two sureties.
The letter asking the judge to release Ngilari from prison, had claimed that the communication emanated from the Headquarters of the NPS in Abuja, the Controller General (CG), Ja'afaru Ahmed, who has denied knowledge of the letter.
Ja'afaru has immediately ordered the issuance of query and suspension of all the elements involved in the forgery of the letter freeing the former governor.
The National Public Relations Officer of the NPS, Francis Enobore, has confirmed that the CG had already ordered a thorough investigation into the scam to enable the service deal decisively with the perpetrators of the crime.
“This is to bring to the attention of all Nigerians that the Controller General of the NPS, Mr. Ja'afaru Ahmed, neither authorised the issuance of the said letter to the judge to release the convicted former governor nor was he briefed on the matter,” he said.
“Accordingly, the CG has ordered the querying and suspension of all the officials involved in the embarrassing action so as to take necessary disciplinary actions against them.
“As a result of the ugly development, the CG has written a protest letter to both the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice in Adamawa State and the judge, who granted Ngilari bail, that the said letter asking for the bail to be granted was clandestinely obtained.”