The Court of Appeal in Abuja has reduced the jail term of the former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye from 14 years to 10 years.
In a ruling Friday, the court held that the maximum sentence of 14 years for the counts was excessive especially because the appellant is a first-time offender
Justice Stephen Adah who read the unanimous judgment of the three-man panel also quashed the sentence in count 12, saying the lower court which had earlier found Dariye not guilty for the charge should not have sentenced him on the charge.
The court also quashed count 23 because the prosecution did not prove beyond reasonable doubt that the former governor diverted the funds of the state to purchase a house in London.
Consequently, the appellate court reduced the sentences to 10 years for each count which is to run concurrently.
Dariye, senator representing Plateau Central on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), was on June 12, 2018, sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment on charges of criminal breach of trust and criminal appropriation of the state’s funds to the tune of N2billion.