By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA – The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, on Friday, reduced the 14-year jail term that was handed to former governor of Plateau State, Senator Joshua Dariye, to 10 years.
Senator Joshua Dariye
The court, in a unanimous judgement by a three-man panel of Justices led by Justice Abdul Aboki, held that the 14 years that was handed to Dariye by trial Justice Adebukola Banjoko of a High Court of the Capital Territory at Gudu, was excessive.
The appellate court further quashed counts 12 and 23 of the charge that formed part of allegations upon which Dariye’s conviction was based.
It held that the two counts were legally defective.
However, the court upheld all the other decisions of the lower court, including the order for restitution and forfeiture of assets belonging to the Appellant.
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