JUST IN: Ex-Plateau Governor, Chief Joshua C. Dariye Released From Prison
By Pwol Benjamin Dature, Jos
August 8 2022
Ex-Plateau Governor, Chief Joshua Chibi Dariye has just secured his release from the Nigerian Prisons, this is coming months after he was granted a presidential pardon by President Mohammedu Buhari.
Chief Dariye who was being persecuted by the EFCC for N1.16 billion fraud was on June 12, 2018 sentenced to 14years in prison for criminal breach of trust and 2years in addition for misappropriation of public funds, all to run concurrently.
Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the FCT Court before whom he was standing trial for a 23- count amended charge, found him guilty of 15 of the counts bordering on criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of public funds but discharged him on 8.
Dariye, was first arraigned on July 13, 2007 at the High Court after which he proceeded to Appeal court with an application to quash all charges but were all dismissed.
Furthermore, the Apex Court ordered accelerated hearing of the fraud case against him, thus necessitating the continuation of trial on January 25 2016, before Justice Banjoko.
In addition to his sentencing, Justice Banjoko also ordered that the N80 million recovered by the EFCC, was to be returned to the Plateau State Government's coffers.