Ex-Governor falls ill in EFCC custody, rushed to hospital

Former Governor of Adamawa state, James Ngilari, was on Saturday rushed to the hospital by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after he fell ill while in the custody of the anti-graft agency.

Ngilari, who was arrested by the agency for his alleged role in the N23 billion election fund disbursed by former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, was said to have received N450 million of the said money.

A source privy to the issue told Punch Newspapers that Ngilari had complained of fatigue.

“Former Governor Ngilari who has been in custody in our Gombe office since Thursday, took ill and started complaining of fatigue. We have taken him to the General Hospital, Gombe.”

“He has been admitted and is currently receiving treatment.”

Last week, former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Amb. Hassan Adamu, had told the EFCC about the role Ngilari played in the corruption case.

“He (Adamu) admitted his involvement at that level but that the money was taken to the government house in a bullion van by officials of Fidelity Bank.”

“The ambassador added that the chief of staff to Ngilari, Hamman, and the accountant to the Adamawa State Government House, Mrs. Aisha Waziri, counted the money and confirmed the figure. The duo became custodians of the fund based on the directive of their boss, the governor.”

“He said he left at that point and did not know how the money was shared neither did he personally benefit from it.”

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