NPS suspends two officers over Ngilari medical report

The Zone ‘C’ Coordinator of the Nigeria Prisons Service, ACG Bala Isgogo, has ordered the immediate removal of the officer in-charge of Yola Prison, DCP Abubakar Abaka and a nurse, SP John Bukar, for alleged complicity in the unauthorised medical report on the former Adamawa State governor, Bala Ngilari.

It was learnt that the officers had been issued queries for their roles in the bail granted to Ngilari on health grounds after he had been jailed for five years for corruption by an Adamawa State High Court.

Isgogo in a statement on Tuesday said the two officers would also be interrogated to determine their level of culpability in the incident.

Justice Nathan Musa had on March 6, sentenced Ngilari to five years in prison without an option of fine, for violating the Public Procurement Act in the award of contract for the procurement of 25 vehicles.

The vehicles, which were for commissioners, were purchased at the cost of N167m.

Musa, in his judgment, had declared that due process was not followed in the transaction.

Ngilari, having appealed the sentence, went back to the same court that convicted him, and asked for bail, pending the determination of his appeal.

Acting on Abaka’s instruction, Bukar had issued a medical report to the Adamawa State High Court claiming that Ngilari was sick and would require medical attention in a Canadian hospital based in the United Arab Emirates.

The report, signed by Bukar, stated that Ngilari had diabetes, hypertension and insomnia.

But the prisons service said that Abaka and Bukar did not have the mandate to issue the medical report on which the court based its decision to grant bail to the convict.

“It is obvious that by training and competence, neither the nurse, Bukar nor DCP Abaka is qualified to originate such report/recommendations,” the coordinator stated.

Isgogo said the prison service authorities had ordered a full investigation into the incident, adding that those involved would be sanctioned.

He said, “The National Headquarters of the Service had earlier disassociated the office from the purported medical report and the Controller-General of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, ordered a full investigation into the incident promising that those involved will face the wrath of the law.”

The Prisons Service Public Relations Officer, Francis Enobore, said Bukar and Abaka would face a panel for their involvement in the incident.

Source: Punch


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