Few weeks after a former Taraba governor, Jolly Nyame, was jailed 14 years for fraud, the Federal Capital Territory High Court has found former Plateau State governor, Joshua Dariye, guilty of fraud and sentenced him to 14 years.
He is currently a senator on the platform of Nigeria’s ruling party, APC, to which he decamped in 2016. He was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Mr Dariye was charged for allegedly diverting about N1.2 billion while he served as governor of the North-central state.
He was brought to court on a 23-count charge for the alleged offence by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2007.
Although Mr Dariye’s lawyer, Kanu Agabi, questioned the authenticity of the evidence presented against his client, the court said the evidences clearly indicate a case of diversion.
The judge, Adebukola Banjoko find Mr Dariye guilty and convicted him on 15 of 23-count charge bothering on misappropriation.
The same judge jailed Mr Nyame for 14 years.