Fears grips Orji Kalu, others over Dariye’s conviction
The former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Zamfara state Mahmuda Shinkafi and former governor of Kebbi state, Seidu Dakingari are reportedly in palpable fear over the conviction of Senator Joshua Dariye for 14 years.
Three former governors are currently facing trial for embezzling state funds.
While Orji Kalu is under trial for N3.2 billion fraud, Shinkafi and Dakingari were on trial for their involvement in Deziani’s $115 million loot.
Like Orji Kalu, Dakingari and Shinkafi, Senator Dariye was a former governor of Plateau state.
Dariye was also a member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before joining All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2016.
However, The decision of court yesterday on Dariye have set fear among the former governors who committed crimes while in PDP and joined APC to escape justice.
ElombahNews had reported that the former governor of Taraba state was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for corruption by the same judge that jailed Dariye yesterday.
Nyame was found guilty of 27 out of 41 counts of alleged diversion of public funds while he served as governor of Taraba State.
He had dabbled into APC but decamped back to PDP this year to pursue his senatorial ambition.
Both Orji Kalu and Joshua Dariye served 8 years as governors between 1999-2007.
Orji Kalu’s case has been in court for one decade and his own case may probably go the way of Dariye and Jolly Nyame, the former governor of Taraba state.
Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the FCT High Court jailed Senator Joshua Dariye for 14 years.
Justice Banjoko found Senator Joshua Dariye guilty of criminal breach of trust as regards N250 million issued to Pinnacle Communications emanating from the state’s Ecological Fund.
Justice Banjoko said Dariye should spend 14 years in jail and noted that Dariye was in fact richer than his state, and there should be no compromise to corruption by whatever shade or colour, rich or poor.