A Nigerian representative was condemned Tuesday to 14 years in jail without the choice of a fine after his conviction on various charges of “criminal rupture of trust and criminal misappropriation” of open assets.
Joshua Dariye was indicted occupying over $3.3 million in broad daylight cash in the vicinity of 1999 and 2007 when he was legislative head of the north-focal Plateau state.
The sentences for the two offenses – criminal rupture of trust and criminal misappropriation – are the most extreme under the Nigerian corrective code.
High court judge Adebukola Banjoko said Dariye was guilty of at least 16 of the 23 counts the government had charged him with, including an allegation that he diverted $222,000 of public funds to his Peoples Democratic Party and another $270,000 to a firm with links to the top politician.
The judge sentenced Dariye to two years in prison on each of the five counts of criminal misappropriation and 14 years for each of the 11 counts of criminal breach of trust.
The sentences would run concurrently, according to the judge.
She gave no option of a fine, although the ruling is open to appeals up to the country’s supreme court.
The same judge last month jailed another former governor, Jolly Nyame of the northeast Taraba state, for corruption — without the option of fine — representing huge milestones for the country’s anti-corruption crusade being waged by President Muhammadu Buhari.