- Joshua Dariye, former Plateau governor sentenced to 14 years imprisonment broke down in tears in court
- Justice Adebukola Banjoko had convicted the ex-governor on 15 out the 23 count charges preferred against him
- Dariye now a senator was found guilty for a N1.16bn fraud and for criminal breach of trust
Former Plateau governor, Joshua Dariye, broke down in tears on Tuesday, June 12, as he was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment by Justice Adebukola Banjoko in a judgment which took her almost eight hours to read.
Meanwhile, photos published by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) show the the former governor weeping and making use of a white handkerchief.
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News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dariye who is also a senator was chastised for being irresponsible and betraying the public trust. He was found guilty for a N1.16bn fraud and for criminal breach of trust. In addition, he was jailed two years for misappropriation of public funds. Both sentences will run concurrently.
After the judgment that lasted about eight hours, Justice Banjoko said that:
“I can’t imagine such brazen act, is it the transfer of as much as about half a billion naira from the state’s ecological fund into a personal venture account; there’s a litany and trail of woes, which also affects the people of Jos - the beautiful Tin City, where everybody wanted to be, and to find out that its ecological fund was misappropriated is the shocking aspect.
“There’s a deep sense of irresponsibility; the defendant was in fact richer than his state. This is a trauma of the trial; and there should be no compromise to corruption, by whatever shade or colour, or region, rich or poor; corruption will forever be corruption.
“Every case is different on its own, and I have no personal animosity, I’m just doing my job the way I know how to, and not only the Ecological Funds [were misappropriated], but funds from the Plateau state government.”
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the federal capital territory high court found former Plateau state governor, Joshua Dariye, guilty of fraud.
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Dariye was brought to court on a 23-count charge for the alleged offence by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2007.
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