Supreme Court Upholds Joshua Dariye’s Conviction
The Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction of a former governor of Plateau state, Joshua Dariye, in the charges of criminal breach of trust brought against him by the federal government.
Senator Dariye’s jail term of ten years imposed on him by the Court of Appeal was also upheld along with the conviction.
Delivering judgment on the appeal, Justice Helen Ogunwumiju held that the Court of Appeal and a high court of the Federal Capital Territory were right in thier findings in the criminal breach of trust filed against the ex governor under section 315 of the Penal Code.
Justice Ogunwumiju, in the unanimous judgment prepared by Justice Ejembi Eko which she read, however, disagreed with the two lower courts in their findings on the misappropriation of funds and subsequently quashed it.
The misappropriation of funds brought against Dariye under section 309 of the Penal Code carries a maximum of two years imprisonment.
Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the high court of the FCT had in 2018, sentenced Senator Dariye to 14 years in the criminal breach of trust, but it was reduced to ten years by the Court of Appeal.