Court fixes March 12 to hear former Plateau state governor’s appeal

Court fixes March 12 to hear former Plateau state governor’s appeal

- Nigeria Supreme Court has fixed a date to deliver judgement in the appeal filed by Senator Joshua Dariye

- The former Plateau state governor had urged the court to upturn the 2018 judgement that convicted him

- Dariye is currently serving a 10-year term for embezzling national funds

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Delivery of judgement in former Plateau state governor, Joshua Dariye's appeal has been slated for March 12, 2021, by the Supreme Court.

The Nation reports that the date was fixed on Thursday, December 17, after the apex court heard final arguments from lawyers representing both sides.

The senator representing Plateau Central in the Senate had prayed the court to upturn the November 16, 2018 judgment that convicted and sentenced him to prison.

Court fixes March 12 to hear former Plateau state governor’s appeal
Court fixes March 12 to deliver judgement on former governor Dariye’s appeal. Photo credit: @officialEFCC
Source: Twitter recalls that Dariye who was the governor of Plateau state between 1999 and 2007, was in June 2018 sentenced to 14 years in prison by an Abuja high court for stealing state funds while in office.

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He was found guilty of diverting N1.7 billion state ecological funds. However, the Court of Appeal in Abuja reduced the senator's jail term to 10 years.

Meanwhile, the former Plateau state governor was moved from the prison to a hospital after suffering from suspected kidney failure.

Dariye was hospitalised at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada. A source close to the former governor told journalists that he is not in a good condition.

The Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), FCT Command public relations officer, Chukwuedo Humphrey, confirmed that Dariye was hospitalised.

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In a related development, the criminals who abducted Dariye's father demanded a ransom of N100m to free him.

Pa Dariye was abducted at his residence in Mushere, Bokkos local government area of Plateau state. The police said it launched a manhunt for the victim’s abductors to free him.

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This makes it the second time in which the old man would be kidnapped. He was kidnapped in 2015.

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