Court reduces jail term of former Governor, Jolly Nyame

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has reduced the jail term of the former Governor of Taraba State, Reverend Jolly Nyame, from 14 to 12 years.

The Justice Abdul Aboki-led three-man panel of the Court of Appeal, in addition to the 12-year sentence, also imposed a fine of total sum of N495m on the convict, a fine that the lower court had omitted while dispensing the earlier sentence.

Delivering the lead judgment on Friday, Aboki held that the lower court erred when it took it upon itself not to impose fine, as such in counts 1, 2 and 6 that have to do with criminal breach of trust.

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A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Gudu, Abuja had earlier this year sentenced the former governor to 14 years imprisonment after being convicted of misappropriating N1.64billion from the state’s treasury.

Nyame was said to have embezzled the money through shoddy stationery contracts, which he awarded at the tail of his eight years administration in 2007.

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