- Former governor of Taraba state, Reverend Jolly Nyame, will serve out his 12-year prison term
- This is as the Supreme Court upheld the judgment of the Court of Appeal which affirmed the conviction of Nyame and handed him 12-year imprisonment
- The apex court, however, set aside part of the appeal court's judgement which imposed fines on Nyame
The Supreme Court has given final judgement on the conviction of the former Governor of Taraba State, Reverend Jolly Nyame.
The apex court upheld the conviction and 12-year imprisonment handed to Nyame by the Court of Appeal, Abuja, in 2018.
Reverend Nyame was sentenced over the fraud he committed while serving as the governor of Taraba state, Vanguard reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the apex court in its judgement on Friday, February 7, however, set aside part of the appeal court's judgement which imposed fines on Nyame.
Thus, the former governor will have to serve out his prison term, though he no longer has fines to pay, according to the Supreme Court.
In a similar development, a former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, has narrated how he is being fed in the prison.
Legit.ng had reported how the Senate chief whip was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos over N7.65 billion fraud perpetrated while he held sway as Abia state governor.
It would be recalled that Kalu became the governor of Abia state when he was not yet 40 and ruled the state for eight years between 1999 and 2007.
The reality of his new condition did not dawn on Kalu until some of his associates began to visit him in the prison.
“See me now eating in the prison,” a pensive Kalu reportedly told his visitor, who struggled to find the words that could console him.
Also, a serving governor is topping the list of suspects being investigated by the EFCC for an alleged N6,549,942, 637.14 fraud in an arms deal.
The immediate past governor of Kogi state, Captain Idris Wada, a former chairman of a new generation bank, Tunde Ayeni, retired Air Vice Marshal Salihu Atawodi and four others are also said to be under scrutiny by the anti-graft commission.
The alleged fraud was perpetrated by the defunct Presidential Implementation Committee on Maritime Security (PICOMSS), which was headed by Atawodi.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday, January 21, said the anti-corruption agency is prepared to fight corruption vigorously in 2020.
Speaking in Ilorin during a visit to the Zonal office of the commission, Magu noted that corrupt Nigerians who fled the country after looting will be brought back to face justice.
He stated that no person, no matter how prominent, would be shielded from prosecution. The EFCC boss said as soon as investigations are concluded, those involved in corrupt allegations would be put on trial.
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