Buhari Govt Pardoned Giant Political Thieves Jailed For Stealing N2.7 Billion Public Funds To Go After Yahoo Boys

The government of President Muhammadu Buhari has through the Council of State pardoned two giant political thieves who stole a whooping sum of N2.7 Billion public funds to go after yahoo boys.

The pardoned political thieves were the former Governor of Plateau, Joshua Dariye and the former governor of Taraba state, Jolly Nyame as well as 157 others.

The former governors were jailed for corruption, but pardoned on April 14, 2022 as the State Council considered the approval of recommendation of President Buhari to grant them Presidential pardon.

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The recommendation was made by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

Abubakar Malami told newsmen that Council of State meeting, said 159 out of 162 applications presented for consideration for the prerogative of mercy for convicts and inmates in correctional facilities nationwide, were approved.

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He said the council rejected a proposal to grant pardon to one of the prisoners sentenced to 120 years for theft of over N25 billion. The prisoner had sought pardon on health grounds.

Also considered for approval was a proposal for national awards to 434 Nigerians, which was presented by Minister for Special Duties Chief George Akume.

Dariye and Nyame were imprisoned for stealing public funds to the tune of N1.16 billion each.

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Nyame was the governor of Taraba State from 1999 to 2007.

It could be recalled that in February 2020, the Supreme Court of Nigeria upheld the conviction and 12-year jail term given to Nyame, for misappropriation of funds while he was governor of Taraba State.

A five-member panel of the apex court, led by Justice Mary Odili, said it found no reason to set aside concurrent judgments of both the trial court and the Court of Appeal, which found Mr. Nyame guilty as charged.

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 Justice Amina Augie, in his judgment, maintained that the appeal filed by the former governor to set aside the judgment of the lower court lacked merit.

The apex court, however, only explained that the appellate court was wrong by imposing a fine on Nyame.

Justice Augie, therefore, affirmed the imposed jail term but void Mr Nyame from paying a fine since he committed the crime against his state during his tenure as a governor.

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Dariye was the Plateau governor from 1999 to 2007. He was jailed for laundering public funds to the tune of N1.162bn and was sentenced to 14 years in prison by Justice Banjoko.

Dariye’s prison term, also, was later reduced to 10 years by the Court of Appeal in Abuja as his conviction was affirmed by the Supreme Court.

The members of the Council of State headed by President Muhammadu Buhari, were former President Goodluck Jonathan and former heads of state, Gen. Yakubu Gowon and Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar.

Others were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibarahim Gambari and National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno.

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