- After spending some years in prison over fraud, former governors of Plateau and Taraba states, Senator Joshua Dariye, and Jolly Nyame are now free
- The duo were released from Kuje correctional facility in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja on Monday, August 8
- Their release came three months after their pardon by the Council of State led by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, April 14
A source from the correctional facility said the former governors were set free around 2.15pm on Monday, August 8, Daily Trust reported.
This is coming three months after their pardon by the Council of State led by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, April 14.
Legit.ng gathers that three other inmates were also released from Suleja Custodial Centre in Niger state.
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“They were granted pardon base on ill health, age and good conduct and industry while in the custodial centre,” Daily Trust cited the source as saying.
The Punch reported that the FCT spokesperson for the Nigerian Correctional Service, Chukwuedo Humphrey, confirmed their release.
Nyame was to serve a 12-year jail sentence for diverting N1.64 billion during his tenure as governor of Taraba, while Dariye was serving 10 years’ imprisonment for N1.126 billion fraud.
The council’s decision to release the duo had generated a lot of controversies.
After Buhari's pardon, Joshua Dariye, Jolly Nyame urged to join 2023 presidential race
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Nyame and Dariye were asked to join the 2023 presidential race.
The call was made by the leader of the Middlebelt presidency agitation, Moses Ayom on Thursday, April 21. Ayom who was also a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC)commended President Buhari for the state pardon granted to the former Taraba and Plateau state governors.
He said that the entrance of Nyame and Dariye into the race would actualise Middlebelt presidential agitation. Noting that the two pardoned former state governors suffered sentencing to jail because they were minorities, Ayom pointed out that several leaders from other ethnic groups stole even more money but have not been sent to jail.