Former Taraba governor, Jolly Nyame sentenced to 14 years in prison for fraud

The former governor of Taraba, Jolly Nyame was charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for allegedly diverting N1.64 billion in May 2007.

The former governor of Taraba state, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Nyame was found guilty of 27 out of 41 counts of alleged diversion of public funds while he served as governor of Taraba state.

In a lengthy judgment which lasted over five hours, the judge Adebukola Banjoko gave a holistic overview of the testimonies given in court which resulted in the judgement.

The EFCC presented various witnesses who alluded to the fact that Nyame approved the diversion of various funds amounting to over N345 million to a company, Saman Global, within five weeks in 2005.

In its ruling, the court found Nyame guilty of breach of trust involving his alleged fraudulent approval of N250m

The ruling was read, Mr Nyame who had been asked by the judge to stand, seemed unfazed. After the session, he spent more than 20 minutes before leaving the court.

The court found Nyame guilty of breach of trust involving his alleged fraudulent approval of N250m for the purchase of stationery and office equipment on December 30, 2004, among other allegations.

The judge also questioned the failure of Mr Nyame to investigate the illicit flow of funds under his watch adding that Mr Nyame confirmed in court that he never conducted any such investigation.

The judge further noted confessions by witnesses, including the managing director of Saman Global that the company was not involved in the delivery of stationaries.

“If Saman Global has no history of supplying stationaries into Taraba State, then their injection into the flow must have been questionable.

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