EX-Governor Senator Joshua Dariye Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison
In the Words of Justice Adebukola Banjoko …
“I can’t imagine such brazen act, is it the transfer of as much as about half a billion naira from the state’s Ecological Fund into a personal venture account? There’s a litany and trail of woe, which also affects the people of Jos – the beautiful Tin City, where everybody wanted to be, and to find out that its Ecological Fund was misappropriated is the shocking aspect.
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“There’s a deep sense of irresponsibility; the defendant was in fact richer than his state. This is a trauma of the trial; and there should be no compromise to corruption, by whatever shade or colour, or region, rich or poor; corruption will forever be corruption. “Every case is different on its own, and I have no personal animosity, I’m just doing my job the way I know how to, and not only the Ecological Funds [were misappropriated], but funds from the Plateau State government.” Justice Adebukola Banjoko of Federal Capital Territory High in Abuja,
A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court has sentenced Joshua Dariye, former Governor of Plateau state, to 14 years in prison. Justice Adebukola Banjoko, the presiding judge, sentenced Dariye, a serving senator, to two-year and 14-year jail terms to be served concurrently without an option of fine. The former Governor appeared in court in a white agbada, accompanied by family members, friends and political associates. In 2007, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged and arraigned him on a 23-count charge bothering on money laundering. He was accused of diverting N1.126bn from Plateau Government’s ecological funds. The former governor was said to have operated Ebenezer Reitner Ventures, an unregistered company through which he diverted the said funds.
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