Court Finds Ex-gov Nyame Guilty, Sentence Him to 14 Years in Prison

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High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Gudu, Abuja, had, on today, Wednesday 30th June, 2018 found former governor of Taraba State Jolly Nyame guilty of 27 of the 41 counts leveled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Nyame has being standing trial for allegedly diverting N1.64 billion during his tenure as governor of the Taraba State between 1999 and 2007.

Following the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja which sentenced former Governor Jolly Nyame of Taraba State to 14 years’ imprisonment, residents of Taraba have urged him to appeal the judgment.

Nyame, who was charged with 41 counts of misappropriating the sum of N1.64bn in 2007, was found guilty of breach of trust involving fraudulent approval of N250m for the purchase of stationery and office equipment on December 30, 2004.

But reacting to the ruling, some residents of Taraba called on their former governor to approach the Court of Appeal which they said would overturn the ruling of the lower court.

One of the residents, Barrister Nierus Johnson, said the former governor still have windows of redress ahead if he has good ground of appeal and urged him and his team of lawyers to consider testing the decision of the high court at the court of appeal.

Again, Mohammed Umar, who said he had worked closely with the former governor, urged him to appeal the judgment of the Federal High Court.

He described as “laughable” the decision of the court to sentence the former governor, saying Nyame had laid a solid foundation for a greater Taraba, and that the issues the court relied on would be quashed at the Appeal Court.

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