- Former Plateau state governor, Joshua Dariye, has been hospitalised
- A source close to Dariye said the senator who is in prison was hospitalised in December 2018 after suffering kidney failure
- The prison spokesperson who confirmed the senator was hospitalised, however, declined to reveal his ailment
Former Plateau state governor and senator of Plateau Central, Joshua Dariye, has been moved from the prison to a hospital after suffering from suspected kidney failure.
Dariye, who is currently serving a 10-year term for embezzling national funds, has reportedly been at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada since last December.
The Nation reports that a source close to the former governor told journalists that he is not in a good condition.
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He said: “I have gone to see him. He is having serious health challenges. From my finding and from the doctor, his aliment is kidney failure and it is critical.”
However, the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), FCT Command public relations officer, Chukwuedo Humphrey, who confirmed that Dariye is hospitalised, refused to reveal his ailment.
Humphrey said: “I will not mention the name of the illness to you and the hospital where he is. Normally people whose health we can’t manage we refer outside for proper medical attention. We have been managing his illness since October/November.
“It is the doctor who knows when he can be discharged. We have now limited the number of people visiting him at the hospital. We are just allowing his wife, close family and friends, and law enforcement personnel. Tight security is around him just as if he is in the prison cell.
“His wife is always allowed around him. And she is always full of praises to the NPS for the proper medical attention. And his court hearings are ongoing, he does not need to appear in court. His lawyers are there to defend him.
“Because of his health challenge, he opted for self-feeding. Because we cannot be cooking any special food for him. His family brings food for him.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that human rights and transparency group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), instituted a legal action to stop the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, from paying Senator Joshua Dariye the sum of N14.2m monthly allowances while he serves out a 10-year prison sentence for corruption.
SERAP in a lawsuit filled at the Federal High Court in Lagos urged the court to stop the monthly allowances to Dariye, who is former Plateau state governor, because such payment violates Nigerian law and international obligations.
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