Embattled former governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame has been sentenced to 14 years in prison by an Abuja High Court over N1.64bn fraud. Nyema who was charged on a 41 count charge of fraud, was found guilty on 27.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had earlier charged Nyame to court for allegedly diverting N1.64 billion while he served as governor of Taraba between 1999 and 2007.
Among other allegations, witnesses provided by EFCC said Nyame approved the diversion of various funds to the tune of N345 million to a company, Saman global, within five weeks in 2005.
Although Nyame denied knowing the company, the court found him guilty of breaching public trust after noting that he confirmed approving the memo ordering a transfer of the funds to the said company.
Adebukola Bankole, the presiding judge, held that Nyame was guilty of 27 of the 41 charges against him.
Specifically, Nyame was sentenced to two, five, seven and 14 years in jail respectively after being convicted for four charges that include receiving gratification, obtaining public funds without due consideration, and criminal breach of trust.
However, the terms are to run concurrently, meaning Nyame will serve 14 years in jail unless a higher court decides otherwise.