Former Nigerian governor sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption

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A Nigerian court has sentenced a former governor to 14 years in prison for corruption without an option of fine.

The former governor of Taraba State, Mr Jolly Nyame, was convicted by the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja for stealing at least 1.64 billion naira.

The charges were brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Nyame, who was Taraba State governor between 1999 and 2007, was accused of criminally misappropriating the funds while he governed the state.

Justice Adebukola Banjoko found the former governor guilty in 27 out of 41 counts he was charged with, reported Channels TV

The judge blamed Nyame for financial recklessness and brazen display of executive power without following due process, the report said.

“According to the judegment, the former governor was jailed two years for misappropriation of government funds, seven years for receiving gratification, and five years for obtaining valuable government properties without consideration. However, the jail terms are to run concurrently,” Channels TV wrote.

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