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Court reduces jail term of ex-governors  Dariye, Nyame

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has reduced the 14-year sentence against Senator Joshua Dariye, a former governor of Plateau State, to 10 years.

The presiding judge of the court, Justice Stephen Adah, gave the ruling on Friday.

He reduced the charges in the counts to 10 years, while the terms with two years are reduced to one year each. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Justice Adah, however, dismissed Dariye’s conviction in two of the 15-counts charges against the ex-governor, who is already serving a jail term at the Kuje Prisons in Abuja.

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Recall that the former Governor was in June sentenced to 14 years imprisonment by an FCT High Court over the misappropriation of N2 billion state funds as governor.

Also, the Court of Appeal in Abuja has ordered the former Taraba State Governor, Jolly Nyame, to pay a fine of N495 million for alleged misappropriation of funds while he was governor of Taraba State from 1999 to 2007.

The court, however, reduced the 14-year jail term, earlier given to Mr Nyame by a High Court in Abuja to 12 years.

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The appeal court, said the law compels the court to add a fine for each of the various convictions.

During an initial judgement of the lower court in April, the court jailed Mr Nyame 14 years for various crimes whose penalties were to run concurrently.

But the appellate court in a fresh ruling on Friday said Mr Nyame ought to have been given a capital punishment, but for the constitutional constraint on the court to stick to the provisions of the law.

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