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Appeal Court reduces Dariye, Nyame jail terms by two years


A court of appeal sitting in Abuja has reduced the jail sentences for Joshua Dariye, former governor of Plateau state and Jolly Nyame, former governor of Taraba state.
Both were convicted for corruption while serving as governors.
The court on Friday reduced Dariye’s jail term from 14 years to 10 years.
A federal capital territory (FCT) high court had in June, sentenced Dariye, a senator representing Plateau senatorial district in the senate to 14 years imprisonment.
He was charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2007 on allegations of corruption.
Dariye was found guilty of diverting N1.126bn from Plateau government’s ecological funds.
He was convicted on 15 out the 23 counts preferred against him.
After he was sentenced to prison, Dariye appealed the judgement of the trial court.
However, a three man panel of the appeal court led by Stephen Ada on Friday, a noted that the senator is first-time offender and held that Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) does allow maximum punishment for first-time offenders and that the lower court was wrong not to have considered that.
In the case of Nyame, the Appeal Court also reduced his 14 year jail term to 12 years.
The court also ordered him to pay N495 million alleged to have been misappropriated from 1999 to 2007 when he was as governor of Taraba State.
The court, however, said the law compels it to add a fine for each of the various convictions.
During an initial judgement of the lower court in April, the court jailed Nyame 14 years for various crimes whose penalties were to run concurrently.
But the appellate court in a fresh ruling said Nyame ought to have been given a capital punishment, but for the constitutional constraint on the court to stick to the provisions of the law.


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