Ex-Taraba governor jailed 14 years for fraud – (Picture + Read Details)
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has sentenced a former Taraba State governor, Jolly Nyame, to 14 years in prison without an option of fine. .
Mr Nyame was found guilty of 27 out of 41 counts of alleged diversion of public funds while he served as governor of Taraba State. .
He was charged by EFCC for allegedly diverting N1.64 billion while he served as governor between 1999 to 2007. .
The judge sentenced the defendant to four different terms in prison, after finding him guilty of receiving gratification, obtaining public funds without due consideration, criminal breach of trust and gratification. .
The various sentences include a time of prison for two, five, seven and 14 years respectively. .
The judge Adebukola Banjoko however noted that the terms are expected to run concurrently, meaning he would serve 14 years in jail unless the conviction is upturned by a higher court. .
In the lengthy judgement that lasted over four hours, the judge narrated how several witnesses brought to court by both parties corroborated the allegation of fraud against the defendant. .
The EFCC presented various witnesses who alluded to the fact that Mr Nyame approved the diversion of various funds amounting to over N345 million to a company, Saman global, within five weeks in 2005, among other allegations. .
The court held that Nyame is guilty of over half of the charges. According to the judge, Adebukola Bankole, the actions of the perpetrators under the watch of the ex-governor can be likened to the story of Alibaba and the 40 thieves.
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Court sentences ex-Taraba governor to 28 years imprisonment
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Gudu, Abuja has sentenced former Taraba State Governor, Reverend Jolly Nyame to a cumulative jail term of 28 years imprisonment.
In a judgment on Wednesday, Justice Adebukola Banjoko convicted the ex-governor on 27 out of the 41 counts contained in the charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in July 2007.
The judge sentenced him to 14 years having found him guilty of the offence of criminal breach of trust; seven years for receiving gratification; five years for obtaining under false pretence and two years for criminal misappropriation.
The judge said the sentences would run concurrently, implying that the ex-governor may end up spending 14 years in prison.
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