A former Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye, who is currently serving a 14-year jail term in Kuje prison, is said to be down with kidney failure and is being treated at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada.
Recall that Dariye was in June 2018, sentenced to 14 years in prison for diverting N1.162 billion Plateau state ecological funds while he was governor between 1999 and 2007.
A government official who spoke on condition of anonymity said Dariye needs prayers.
“I have gone to see him. He is having serious health challenges. From my finding and from the doctor, his ailment is kidney failure and it is critical.” the source told The Nation
Confirming Dariye’s deteriorating health condition, the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), FCT Command Public Relations Officer (PRO), Chukwuedo Humphrey, said the service had been managing his illness since last October. He, however, declined to disclose the type of ailment.
“I will not mention the name of the illness to you and the hospital where he is. Normally people whose health we can’t manage we refer outside for proper medical attention. We have been managing his illness since October/November.
It is the doctor who knows when he can be discharged. We have now limited the number of people visiting him at the hospital. We are just allowing his wife, close family and friends, and law enforcement personnel. Tight security is around him just as if he is in the prison cell.
His wife is always allowed around him. And she is always full of praises to the NPS for the proper medical attention. And his court hearings are ongoing, he does not need to appear in court. His lawyers are there to defend him. Because of his health challenge, he opted for self-feeding. Because we cannot be cooking any special food for him. His family brings food for him.”Chukwuedo says