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BREAKING: Supreme court affirms Ex-Taraba Governor, Nyame’s 12-year jail sentence

The Supreme Court has affirmed the judgment of the court of appeal which handed a 12- year jail sentence to Jolly Nyame, a former governor of Taraba state.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had charged Nyame with abuse of office.

He was accused of diverting N1.64 billion during his tenure as governor of Taraba between 1999 and 2007.

Having stood trial for about 11 years, Adebukola Banjoko, judge of a federal capital territory high court in Gudu, convicted Nyame on May 30, 2018 and sentenced him to 14 years in prison.

The former governor then appealed the judgment of the trial court and the jail term was reduced to 12 years. He had headed to the apex court.

On Friday, Amina Augie, a judge, upheld the verdict of the appellate court.
A five-man panel of the Supreme Court in a judgement on Friday upheld the judgment of the Court of Appeal.

The panel, however, set aside a section of the judgement which imposed millions of naira fines on the ex-Governor.

Giving the reason for the judgement, Justice Amina Augie, said the Court of Appeal imposed fine without any prompting by either of the parties to the case.

With the latest judgement by the Supreme Court, the former governor who is already incarcerated will continue to serve the remaining part of his sentence in prison.

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