Just In: Court jails former governor 14 years for N1.16bn fraud

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Gudu, Abuja, on Tuesday sentenced a former Governor of Plateau State and serving senator, Joshua Dariye, to 14 years’ imprisonment on charges of criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of overN1.16bn belonging to the state.

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Justice Adebukola Banjoko ‎in a judgment which took her six and a half hours to read convicted the ex-governor on 15 out the 23 counts preferred against him.

The judge barely a fortnight ago, imposed 14 years’ jail term on ex-Governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame, on similar charges.

On Tuesday she sentenced ‎Dariye to two years imprisonment on each of the five counts bordering on criminal misappropriation and 14 years’ jail term on each of the 11 counts of criminal breach of trust.

The judge, however, ruled that all the sentences would run concurrently, implying that the convict would have to spend 14 years in jail.

The punishments imposed on the ex-governor for the two categories of offences of criminal breach of trust and criminal misappropriation are the maximum as provided under sections 315 and 309 of the Penal Code Act, respectively.

The judge threw out eight of the 23 charges on the grounds of either duplicity or lack of sufficient evidence.

‎Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s lawyer, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), had in opposing the defence lawyer’s plea for mercy, urged the court to impose the maximum sentence to serve as deterrence to others.



  1. A very good news! And this particular conviction is both striking and instructive in the sense that this man defected to APC from PDP, thereby putting a lie to those who accused my beloved PMB’s govt of being selective in its fight against corruption. Again, I really don’t know what those who accuse the EFCC of being ineffective in the prosecution of their cases will say about the two major convictions it has secured in less than one month on its high-profile cases.A typical case of rushing to say it is over, when it is not yet over.!

  2. One after the other, but my problem with this issue of fighting corruption in this country is one sided….

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