N1.16bn Fraud: Former Plateau Governor Joshua DariyeWeeps In Court As He Gets 14 Years Imprisonment
Former Plateau governor and senator, Joshua Dariye, broke down in tears as he was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment by Justice Adebukola Banjoko in a judgment which took her almost eight hours to read.
NIGERIA NEWS notes that Dariye wept uncontrollably on Tuesday, June 12 following the Judge pronouncement.
Meanwhile, photos published by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) show the former governor weeping and making use of a white handkerchief.
Presiding over the case, Justice Adebukola Banjoko convicted the ex-governor on 15 out the 23 count charges preferred against him.
According to the report, Dariye who is also a senator was chastised for being irresponsible and betraying the public trust.
He was found guilty for a N1.16 billion fraud and for criminal breach of trust.
In addition, he was jailed two years for misappropriation of public funds. Both sentences will run concurrently.
After the judgment that lasted about eight hours, Justice Banjoko said that: “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 woes, 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.
“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.”
Meanwhile, NIGERIA NEWS had previously reported that PDP, SDP, APC react to Senator Joshua Dariye’s prosecution.
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