ABUJA– Jolly Nyame, a former governor of Nigeria’s Taraba State and clergyman, has been sentenced to a total of 28 years in prison, 14 years of which was for criminal breach of trust.
An outraged Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Federal High Court, while handing imposing sentence, lashed out: There’s no moral justification for the level of outright theft, and the Court must therefore, impose a statement, hopefully as a deterrent to other public officers, who may be similarly inclined.
The former Taraba governor was also jailed two years for criminal misappropriation, seven years for gratification and five years for obtaining money by dishonesty.
Nyame, whose trial began on July 13, 2007 before Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, was charged with 41 counts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for criminal misappropriation, diversion of public funds, and breach of public trust.
In a ruling which lasted more than four hours in delivery, Justice Banjoko found Nyame guilty of 16 counts, bordering on criminal breach of public trust. He was also found guilty of 11 counts bordering on misappropriation of public funds; two counts bordering on gratification.
He was, however discharged of 12 counts, out of 41.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK