Nigeria’s Supreme Court in Abuja, the nations capital on Friday upheld the conviction and 12-year imprisonment of former Governor of Taraba State, Reverend Jolly Nyame.
The Abuja division of Court of Appeal, in a judgment on November 16, 2018 had upheld Nyame’s conviction and onward sentencing by the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory for diversion of public funds during his tenure as governor of Taraba.
The five-man panel of the Supreme Court convicted Nyame on 16 counts of criminal breach of trust, 9 counts of criminal misappropriation, 1 count of gratification and 1 count of accepting a valuable thing without consideration. He was found to have converted Taraba State’s funds estimated at N1.64billion. The trial court sentenced him to cumulative 28-year imprisonment, without an option of fine.
The breakdown of the sentence is as follows: 14 years upon conviction for criminal breach of trust; seven years for receiving gratification; five years for obtaining valuable public properties without consideration, and two years for criminal misappropriation.