Efforts by former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye to free himself from the clutches of the law crashed Friday as the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeal that convicted him for criminal breach of trust which was brought against him by the Federal Government.

The court also upheld the 10-year jail term imposed on him by the Court of Appeal along with the conviction.

The Supreme court however, quashed the criminal misappropriation of funds against the former governor which earned the him one year jail term at the Court of Appeal.

Justice Hellen Ogunwumiju while delivering judgment in an appeal filed by Dariye, held that the Court of Appeal and a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory were right in their findings in the criminal breach of trust under Section 315 of the Penal Code.

In the unanimous judgment prepared by Justice Ejembi Eko, Justice Ogunwumiju who read it, however disagreed with the two lower courts in their findings on the misappropriation of funds and subsequently quashed it.

Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the High Court of the FCT had in 2018 sentenced Senator Dariye to 14 years imprisonment in the criminal breach of trust, but was reduced to 10 years by the Court of Appeal.


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