A Federal Capital Territory High Court on Wednesday sentenced a former Taraba State Governor, Jolly Nyame, to 14 years in prison without an option of fine for misappropriating state funds.
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 was charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly diverting N1.64 billion while he served as governor between 1999 to 2007.
The judge sentenced the defendant to four different terms in prison, after finding him guilty of receiving gratification, obtaining public funds without due consideration, criminal breach of trust and gratification.
The various sentences include a term of prison for two, five, seven and 14 years respectively.
The judge, Adebukola Banjoko, however, noted that the terms are expected to run concurrently, meaning he would serve 14 years in jail unless the conviction is upturned by a higher court.