A High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory has sentenced a former Taraba State governor, Jolly Nyame, to 14 years in prison without an option of fine.
Mr Nyame was found guilty of 27 out of 41 counts of alleged diversion of public funds while he served as governor of Taraba State between 1999 and 2007.
The embattled former governor was charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly diverting N1.64 billion while he was at the helm.
In Wednesday’s ruling, Justice Adebukola Banjoko, sentenced the defendant to four different terms in prison, after finding him guilty of receiving gratification, obtaining public funds without due consideration, criminal breach of trust and gratification, Premium Times writes.
The various sentences include a time of prison for two, five, seven and 14 years respectively.
Justice Banjoko however noted that the terms are expected to run concurrently, meaning he would serve 14 years in jail unless the conviction is upturned by a higher court.
Making their case, the EFCC presented various witnesses who alluded to the fact that Mr Nyame approved the diversion of various funds amounting to over N345 million to a company, Saman global, within five weeks in 2005, among other allegations.
The judge noted that the actions of the perpetrators under the watch of the ex-governor can be likened to the story of Alibaba and the 40 thieves.
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