Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority Nigeria

JOLLY NYAME, JOSHUA DARIYE EACH TO SPEND REDUCED JAIL TERMS – COURT OF APPEAL

The court also fined the former governor the sum of N495million.

The lead judgment on Friday held that the lower court erred when it took it upon itself not to impose fine as such in counts 1, 2 and 6 that have to do with criminal breach of trust.

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Gudu, Abuja had earlier this year sentenced the former to 14 years imprisonment after being convicted of misappropriating N1.64 billion from the state’s treasury through shoddy stationery contracts which he awarded at the tail of his eight years administration in 2007.

In a similar vein, the Court of Appeal in Abuja has commuted the sentence of Joshua Dariye, former Governor of Plateau State, from 14 years to 10 years.

The court held that since Dariye is a first-time offender, the 14-year jail term was excessive.

Dariye was sentenced to a two-year and 14-year jail terms to be served concurrently without an option of fine in June 2018.

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