BREAKING: Ex-Plateau Gov Dariye Bags 14-Year Jail Sentence

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The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Gudu, Abuja, on Tuesday convicted a former Governor of Plateau State and serving senator, Joshua Dariye, on corruption charges, thus sentencing him to 14 years in prison.

Justice Adebukola Banjoko who listened to defence lawyer, Paul Erokor (SAN)’s, plea for mercy made on behalf of his client convicted the ex-governor on 15 out the 23 counts preferred against him.

Dariye, a serving senator, will serve a two-year and 14-year jail term concurrently and the judge did not give him an option of fine.

The judge, in a six-and-a-half-hour judgment, convicted the ex-governor on charges of criminal breach of trust and criminal misappropriation punishable under sections 315 and 309 of the Penal Code Act, respectively.

Banjoko also threw out eight of the 23 charges on the grounds of either duplicity or lack of sufficient evidence.

In 2007, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged him with money laundering.

He was accused of diverting N1.126bn from Plateau government’s ecological funds.

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