The former Governor of Plateau State and serving senator, Joshua Dariye has been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment on charges of criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of overN1.16bn belonging to the state by an Abuja Federal High Court.
Justice Adebukola Banjoko gave the verdict on Tuesday after listening to defence lawyer, Paul Erokor plea for mercy made on behalf of his client.
The ex-governor was found guilty on 15 out the 23 counts preferred against him.
Dariye was found guilty of criminal breach of trust and criminal misappropriation punishable under sections 315 and 309 of the Penal Code Act, respectively.
The judge sentenced Dariye to two years imprisonment on each of the five counts bordering on criminal misappropriation and 14 years’ jail term on each of the 11 counts of criminal breach of trust.
She however said all the sentences would run concurrently, implying that the convict would have to spend 14 years in jail.
The punishments imposed on the ex-governor for the two categories of offences of criminal breach of trust and criminal misappropriation are the maximum provided under sections 315 and 309 of the Penal Code Act, respectively.
Eight of the 23 charges against Dariye was quashed by Justice Banjoko on the grounds of either duplicity or lack of sufficient evidence.
Recall that the same judge about two weeks ago imposed 14 years’ jail term on ex-Governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame also for corruption.