June 2, 2023

My Imprisonment Was Politically Motivated – Dariye

Ex-Plateau State Governor, Senator Joshua Dariye, has said his conviction on corruption charges filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was politically motivated.
Dariye in an interview with newsmen yesterday said his issue was political in the sense that the same charge was taken to Kaduna High Court and Justice Liman dismissed it.
Dariye gave a breakdown of the amount he was accused of, saying N800 million went into the Plateau State account, N100 million was disbursed to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) South-West, N100m went to the campaign organisation of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo among others.
On the exact money missing, the ex-governor put the figure at just N4 million, describing the sum as the commission on turnover.
According to the former Plateau governor, he would have laundered the money in commission and turnover if he wanted to steal.
He, alongside ex-Taraba governor, Jolly Nyame, was granted a presidential pardon by President Muhammadu Buhari in April. They were however released by the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) on August 8.

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