Appeal Court reduces Dariye’s jail term

Joshua Dariye

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Friday reduced the jail term of former Plateau State governor, Joshua Dariye, from 14 to 10 years.

The court held that the maximum sentence of 14 years for the counts was excessive, especially because the appellant is a first-time offender

It said while the conviction was right, the former governor should have been jailed for 10 years.

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Gudu, Abuja, presided by Justice Adebukola Banjoko had on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 sentenced Dariye who was a serving senator to 14 years’ imprisonment on charges of criminal breach of trust and criminal appropriation of the state’s funds.

The ex-governor was convicted on 15 out the 23 counts preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).