Appeal court slashes Nyame’s jail sentence, orders him to pay N495m fine

Ebun Francis

The court of appeal in Abuja on Friday reduced the 14-year jail sentence of Jolly Nyame, a former governor of Taraba state, to 12 years.

The appeal court panel, led by Justice Emmanuel Agim also ordered the former governor to pay a fine of N495 million being part of the state funds he misappropriated while he was in charge of Taraba.

Nyame was jailed in May by a high court of the federal capital territory (FCT) on 27 of the 41 count charge brought against him by the EFCC.

The anti-graft agency charged Nyame to court for allegedly diverting N1.64 billion while he served as governor of Taraba between 1999 and 2007.

He was found guilty by the lower court for breach of trust involving his alleged fraudulent approval of N250m for the purchase of stationery and office equipment in 2004.

The commission presented various witnesses who said the ex-governor approved the diversion of various funds amounting to over N345 million to a company, Saman Global, within five weeks in 2005 during the trial of the former Taraba governor.