Appeal court slashes Dariye’s jail term for being a ‘first time offender’

OrderPaperToday – The Abuja division of the court of appeal has slashed the jail sentence of Senator Joshua Dariye (APC, Plateau) by four years.

Dariye was in June this year sentenced to 14 years imprisonment by a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) high court after he was found guilty of corruption while he was governor of Plateau state.

He was accused of diverting N1.126bn from Plateau government’s ecological funds and charged to court by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2007 and convicted on 15 out the 23 counts.

He thereafter appealed the judgement.

While hearing his appeal on Friday, the three-man panel led by Stephen Ada of the Appeal court granted the reduction because the senator is a first-time offender.

The panel noted that Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) does allow maximum punishment for first-time offenders and the lower court was wrong to have that.

It would be recalled that Dariye reportedly purchased the expression of interest and nomination forms of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in prison to seek re-election but was not cleared by his party to contest in the primary election.

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