Nigeria’s supreme court affirms the 10-year jail sentence of a former Governor Joshua Dariye

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Nigeria’s supreme court on Friday upheld the 10-year jail term handed to the former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye who was convicted sentenced in 2018 by a lower court over criminal misappropriation and criminal breach of trust.

According to the report, Dariye who was convicted for looting N2billion public funds during his time as Plateau State governor between 1999 and 2007, had been elected as the senator representing Plateau Central in the Nigerian Senate in 2015. He was however sentenced in June 2018 but still completed his tenure as a senator from jail in June 2019.

A federal high court in Abuja had on June 12, 2018 convicted Mr Dariye and sentenced him to 14 years’ imprisonment on charges of criminal breach of trust and two years’ jail term for criminal misappropriation.

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But following his appeal against the judgment, the Court of Appeal in Abuja on November 16, 2018, commuted the 14 years’ jail term to 10.

The 63-year old former governor appealed to the Supreme Court, but the five-man panel of the Supreme court headed by Justice Mary Odili, upheld the ex-governor’s conviction on Friday March 12, in respect of criminal breach of trust which attracted the 10-year jail term.

Dariye’s conviction for criminal misappropriation was quashed, but it did not change his overall number of years of imprisonment as it attracted two years’ imprisonment.

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