The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Gudu, Abuja, on Tuesday sentenced a former Governor of Plateau State and serving senator, Joshua Dariye, to 14 years’ imprisonment on charges of criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of over N1.16bn belonging to the state.
Dariye’s sentence followed his conviction on 15 counts on the offences of criminal breach of trust and criminal misappropriation. The court freed him on eight of the 23 counts contained in the charge on which he was tried.
Justice Adebukola Banjoko in a judgment which took her six and a half hours to read convicted the ex-governor on 15 out the 23 counts preferred against him.
Justice Olubukola Banjoko, in a judgment on Tuesday sentenced Dariye, a serving All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator, representing Plateau Central, to two years for misappropriation and 14 years for criminal breach of trust.
According to the judge, the sentences are to run concurrently, implying that Dariye may end up spending 14 years in custody.
Justice Banjoko, who commended the prosecution for a job well done, said the prevalence of corruption and criminality in the nation’s public space requires drastic measures if we must curb the vices.
See the photographs of Dariye in court as captured by Olatunji Obasa below;