Friday, January 28, 2022

Corruption: Disgraced Ex-Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye, Weeps As He Begs Court For Mercy

A former Plateau State governor, Joshua Dariye, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption.

Delivering judgement, Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Federal Capital Territory High Court today found him guilty of diverting N1.162 billion state ecological funds while he was governor between 1999 and 2007. He was first arraigned on a 23-count charge for the offence in 2007.

The presiding judge sentenced him to two years in prison for criminal breach of trust and 14 years for criminal misappropriation of funds.

The sentences are to run concurrently. The court also denied him option of fine. Mr Dariye is currently the senator representing Plateau West.

Dariye defected from PDP to APC in September 2016.

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