The Supreme Court on Friday sentenced Jolly Nyame, the former Governor of Taraba State, to 12 years jail term over N1.6bn corruption charges.
A five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili affirmed the conviction of Nyame with the final judgement.
Justice Amina Augie, in her ruling, faulted the judgment of the court on Nyame’s appeal, saying it was wrong to have imposed the fine on him without hearing from the appellant.
“The lower court ought to have heard from the parties, especially, the appellant who appealed for the reduction of the sentence imposed by the trial court, before imposing those fines on him,” Justice Augie ruled.
Justice Odili, however, affirmed the guilt and conviction of the ex-governor by upholding the Court of Appeal’s reduction of the 14 years’ imprisonment to 12 years.
Before the final judgement, Justice Adebukola Banjoko had on May 2018 convicted Nyame for 27 out 41 corruption charges running into N1.6billion naira instituted against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The stolen funds included ecological funds, those earmarked for grains and a presidential visit.
Nyame is the second governor to be convicted and jailed for corruption after Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, the former governor of Abia State