Appeal Court reduces Nyame’s jail term, adds N525 million fine

Jolly Nyame

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Friday reduced the sentence of 14 years imprisonment imposed on former Governor Jolly Nyame of Taraba State to 12 years.

It, however, ordered Nyame to pay a fine of N525 million for alleged misappropriation of funds while he was governor of the state from 1999 to 2007, a fine the lower court had omitted while dispensing the earlier sentence.

The Federal Capital Territory High Court had in May 2018 sentenced Nyame to 14 years in prison without an option of fine.

Presiding judge, Justice Adebukola Banjoko, found Nyame guilty of corruption charges after being charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with 41 counts of misappropriating the sum of N1.64bn in 2007.

Nyame was also found guilty of breach of trust involving his alleged fraudulent approval of N250m for the purchase of stationery and office equipment on December 30, 2004.

The appellate court in a fresh ruling on Friday said Nyame ought to have been given capital punishment, but for the constitutional constraint on the court to stick to the provisions of the law.

Earlier on Friday, former Governor Joshua Dariye of Plateau State had his jail term reduced from 14 to10 years by the Appeal Court.