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Supreme Court Upholds Nyame’s Conviction, 12-year Imprisonment

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Ex-Plateau Governor Jolly Nyame

The conviction and 12-year imprisonment handed to the former Governor of Taraba State, Reverend Jolly Nyame by the Court of Appeal, Abuja.

In a judgement on November 16, 2020, the Court of Appeal upheld Nyame’s conviction and sentencing by the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) over his fraudulent conduct while in office as governor, which included diversion of public funds.

In a judgment on Friday, a five-man panel of the Supreme Court said Nyame’ appeal partially succeeded.
The apex court upheld the portion of the Court of Appeal judgment relating to conviction and sentencing but set aside the portion of the judgment which imposed millions of naira fines on the ex-Governor.

Justice Amina Augie, who read the lead judgment, said the Court of Appeal imposed the fines without any prompting by either of the parties to the case.

Nyame had appealed against the November 16, 2020 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which affirmed his conviction by a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Gudu, Abuja in a judgment given on May 30, 2020, by Justice Adebukola Banjoko.

 

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