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Court reduces Governor Nyame’s 14-year jail term

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An Appeal Court in Abuja Friday reduced the jail term of a former Governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame, from 14 years to 12 years.

The court also imposed a fine of N495 million on the convict.

Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja, in May, sentenced Nyame to 14 years imprisonment without an option of fine.

Justice Banjoko handed down the sentence after she found Nyame guilty of “misappropriation and misapplication of N165 million with dishonest intention”.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) dragged Nyame to court in 2007 on 41 counts of fraud alleging the misappropriation of N1.64 billion while he was governor, but the court found him guilty for 27 of them.

Earlier on Friday, the Appeal court also reduced the 14-year prison sentence passed on a former Governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, to 10 years.


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