The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in Gudu, Abuja has sentenced the former Plateau State Governor, Sen. Joshua Dariye to 14 years in prison after a decade of trial.
Dariye was on Tuesday convicted and sentenced by Justice Adebukola Banjoko to 14 years imprisonment for criminal breach of trust and two years imprisonment for misappropriation of public funds.
But Justice Banjoko in his ruling declared that all charges are to run concurrently without an option of fine.
Dariye was also found guilty bothering on criminal breach of trust, dishonesty, and diversion of funds meant for the ecological needs of Plateau state.
Dariye whose case is over 10 years was standing trial on a 23 count charge for money laundering allegedly diverting the State’s 1.126 billion Naira ecological funds.
He was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on July 13, 2007, bordering on money laundering and other corruption charges alleged to have belonged to the Plateau State Government.
According to the EFCC, the former governor diverted the funds into the account of Ebenezer Ratnen Venture, which is alleged to be one of the companies through which he allegedly siphoned the public funds.
Photospeak: The faces of Sen. Dariye before, during and after the court sentence
Pictures of Senator Joshua Dariye, former governor of Plateau State, who was convicted and sentenced today June 12, 2018 by Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the FCT High Court, Gudu, Abuja, to 14 years imprisonment for criminal breach of trust and 2 years imprisonment for misappropriation of public funds- photo credit,EFCC
Dariye who governed Plateau state within a turbulent eight years from 1999- 2007, is the second governor from the Middle Belt region of the country to be jailed to 14 years in the last one month.
The first to be sentenced was the former Governor of Taraba State, Rev. Jolly Nyame.