YOLA, Nigeria – A Nigerian High Court has convicted and jailed a former state governor for corruption.
Former Gov. Bala James Ngilari of northeastern Adamawa state was found guilty of improperly awarding a 167 million-naira ($1 billion) contract to buy vehicles during his seven-month stint as governor that ended in 2015. He was sentenced to five years' imprisonment on Monday.
Ngilari is the first senior government figure to be successfully prosecuted since President Muhammadu Buhari took office in May 2015 and declared a war on the endemic corruption that has impoverished this oil-rich nation.
It was unclear how much Ngilari made on the deal. It occurred while his state was battling an Islamic uprising by Boko Haram extremists.
He's the first governor to be jailed in Nigeria since military rule ended in 1999.