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N1.6bn fraud: Supreme Court jails Taraba former governor, Nyame 12 years

N1.6bn fraud: Supreme Court jails Taraba former governor, Nyame 12 years

 

The Supreme Court has handed Taraba State former governor, Reverend Jolly Nyame, a 12-year jail term for stealing N1.6 billion from the state coffers.

The apex court upheld a High court conviction and 12-year prison sentencing slammed on the former governor who served the state  from May 1999 to May 2007.

In a unanimous judgement delivered by a five-man panel of Justices led by Justice Mary Odili on Friday, the judges said the appeal filed by Nyame over his conviction and sentencing to be reversed lacked merit.

It would be recalled that in May 2018, Justice Adebukola Banjoko of an Abuja High Court found the former governor guilty on 27 out of the 41-count on money laundering charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against him.

The court sentenced him to 14 years for criminal breach of trust, 2 years for misappropriation, 7 years for gratification and 5 years for obtaining valuable public properties without consideration.

Nyame approached the Court of Appeal for his sentencing to be reversed. The appellate court on November 16th 2018, upheld his conviction but reduced the sentence which is running concurrently, to 12 years, 5 years, 4 years and one-year and nine months, respectively, with fines ranging from N100m to N5m.

The Supreme Court in its judgement, nullified the option of fine handed to the former governor.

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