The Supreme Court today delivered judgment in the appeal filed by jailed former Plateau State Governor, Senator Joshua Chibi Dariye.
A five-man panel of the court, led by Justice Mary Odili, dismissed the conviction of criminal breach meted out to Dariye which carried a 10-year sentence, and instead did uphold the misappropriation of funds which carries a 2-year sentence.
Dariye, a former Governor of Plateau State (1999-2003) was in 2018 convicted by a FCT High Court by Justice Adebukola Banjoko.
Appeals to your judgement do not succeed, we will fall on your mercy. The prisons are congested. They misled the Governor, it is the bank, they said he didn’t have to present anything.” he said
Firing back, Counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), said Dariye did not deserve a light sentence because he “didn’t show remorse” and that a strong sentence would serve as a deterrence to those holding public offices.
“He is not remorseful, his case should serve as a deterrence,” Jacobs said.
At this point, Dariye said he wanted to speak.
“Have mercy, you are a Christian, your name is Jacob,” he said.