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Signed& sealed: Supreme Court affirms Ex Taraba Governor’s 12 year sentence

The Supreme Court today Friday 7th February upheld the conviction of Jolly Nyame , former governor of Taraba state for N1.6 billion fraud .

The five man panel led by Justice Mary Odili upheld his 12 years sentence meaning the last hope of the former governor was conclusively quashed .

In delivering  the Judgement on Nyame’s appeal , Justice Amina Augie, held that the Court of Appeal erred by imposing a fine on him without hearing from the appellant. She said “The lower court ought to have heard from the parties, especially, the appellant who appealed for the reduction of the sentence imposed by the trial court, before imposing those fines on him,”

She however upheld the guilty conviction by and the sentence reduction from 14 to 12 by the court of appeal .

Recall, Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the FCT High Court had on May 30, 2018, convicted Nyame on a total of 27 out of the 41 corruption charges involving about N1.6bn preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, sentencing him to 14  years . However , the  appeal court reduced the sentence to 12 years , a decision the Supreme Court upheld today .

 

 

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