Court reduces Governor Nyame’s 14-year jail term

An Appeal Court in Abuja Friday reduced the jail term of ex-Governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame, from 14 years to 12 years.

The court also imposed a fine of N495 million on the convict.

Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja, in May, sentenced Nyame to 14 years imprisonment without an option of fine.

The former governor was charged and convicted for diverting N1.64 billion in May 2007.

In a 41-count charge of fraud, Mr Nyame, the court claimed, partook in the fraudulent transfer of funds from the Taraba state’s treasury to a company, Saman Global for the purchase of office equipment and stationeries that were never delivered.

He was also accused of fraudulently enriching himself and abusing the public trust.

Earlier on Friday, the Appeal court also reduced the 14-year prison sentence passed on a former Governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, to 10 years.

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