– Bala Ngilari was rushed to the hospital after his blood pressure increased
– He was arrested by the EFCC for corruption-related charge
– He complained of pain after he was grilled by EFCC officials James Bala Ngilari has been rushed to the hospital by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for medical treatment.
The former governor of Adamawa was apprehended following a report from a former Nigerian ambassador to the US, Hassan Adamu, which indicted him.
Hassan Adamu, had told the EFCC that when the chairman of PDP in Adamawa state, Joel Madaki, and himself took custody of the money from Fidelity Bank, it was taken to the Adamawa state government house in bullion vans by officials of the bank.
Daily Trust reports that Ngilari was rushed to the Federal Teaching Hospital in Gombe for medical treatment after he complained of ill health.
Mr. Ngilari was detain at the Gombe zonal office of the commission on Thursday in connection with the on going investigation of N450 million campaign fund sent to Adamawa state from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) headquarters. A source at the hospital confirmed the incident and said he was taken to the emergency ward where he was attended to by two medical personnel. Ngilari had complained after he was grilled for several hours at the office of the anti-graft agency.
His blood pressure and shot up and doctors managed to stabilise it while they monitored his response to treatment. An EFCC source said Mr. Ngilari had been complaining of health challenges especially his high blood pressure and pile. He could barely sit for a long time without complaining of pain. Top officials who served during the administration of Goodluck Jonathan are being investigated by the EFCC on corruption related issues. In a related development, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, one of the key governorship candidates of the PDP was arrested by the EFCC.