Nelson Ekujumi

Matters arising on Ngilari’s conviction

By Nelson Ekujumi

Following the conviction to 5 years imprisonment of Mr. David Ngilari, a former governor of Adamawa state for abuse of procurement process by a court in Yola, Adamawa state presided over by Justice Musa, a disturbing development emanated from the judgement and this calls for urgent and exhaustive deliberations lest it be accepted as a provision of our judicial system if it is nor addressed for posterity sake.In sentencing Mr. Ngilari, the trial judge gave him an option of choosing the prison where he wants to serve his sentence by beginning from the Yola prison. Therefore, I want to ask, is it in our statute books for convicted persons to be be given the choice of choosing preferred prison where to serve their sentence or is this a innovation by the trial judge, because never in my life since I have been reading reports on judicial matters, have I come across this freedom of prison choice in the sentencing of offenders by the court?

Nigerians, over to you.

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