The 10-year jail time period handed to former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye after being convicted for legal misappropriation and legal breach of belief, was on Friday March 12 affirmed by the Supreme Court docket.
Dariye who was convicted for reportedly looting N2billion public funds throughout his time as Plateau State governor between 1999 and 2007, had been elected because the senator representing Plateau Central within the Nigerian Senate in 2015. He was nevertheless sentenced in June 2018 however nonetheless accomplished his tenure as a senator from jail in June 2019.
A federal excessive court docket in Abuja had on June 12, 2018 convicted Mr Dariye and initially sentenced him to 14 years’ imprisonment on fees of legal breach of belief and two years’ jail time period for legal misappropriation.
However following his enchantment in opposition to the judgment, the Court docket of Enchantment in Abuja on November 16, 2018, commuted the 14 years’ jail time period to 10. The previous governor had additional appealed to the Supreme Court docket.
The five-man panel of the Supremecourt headed by Mary Odili on Friday, nevertheless upheld the ex-governor’s conviction in respect of legal breach of belief which attracted the 10-year jail time period.
His conviction for legal misappropriation was quashed, but it surely had no impression on his total variety of years of imprisonment because it attracted two years’ imprisonment.