former governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame in court

A former Governor of Taraba State, Rev. Jolly Nyame, will on Monday (today) appeal his conviction, The PUNCH reports.

A lawyer to the former governor, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, confirmed this to our correspondent during a telephone interview.

Ojo said, “I can assure you that the case will be appealed. We have yet to receive the judgment but be assured that we will appeal the matter. He has instructed me to appeal the matter. Latest by Monday, a notice of appeal will be filed.”

Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Gudu, Abuja, had last Wednesday sentenced Nyame to 14 years’ imprisonment for criminal breach of trust by misappropriating the sum of N1.64bn preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The ex-governor was convicted on a total of 27 out of the 41 counts preferred against him.

He was convicted and sentenced to various terms of imprisonment with the highest being 14 years for offences bordering on criminal breach of trust, criminal misappropriation, taking valuable things without consideration and receiving gratification as a public officer.

The sentences are to run concurrently.

Justice Banjoko, who read the judgment for a period of about four hours, sentenced him to the maximum punishment of 14 years for criminal breach of trust, without an option of fine.

She sentenced him to the maximum sentence of two years for misappropriation, seven years for receiving gratification and five years for “obtaining valuable things without consideration.”

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