Nigeria News: The Governors, The Judges And Their Verdicts
Nigeria News takes a look at the cases between former state governors and the EFCC and the judges’ verdicts.
The former Governor of Taraba State, Reverend Jolly Nyame could not believe what he heard. He was pronounced guilty of diverting N1.64 billion in May 2007.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC had arraigned the governor before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja over a case that had lasted for 11 years.
Nyame is to proceed on 14 years in prison. He had appeared in court with the hope of smiling back home as it was in the past when judges were corruptible. Yes, there are incorruptible judges in Nigeria, Nyame was unlucky to meet one on Wednesday.
The judge Adebukola Banjoko gave a holistic overview of the testimonies for about five hours and descended heavily on one of Nigerians public funds looters.
It is unfortunate that the former governor is now referred to as a reverend in the church of God after he had successfully diverted billions into private bank accounts.
Almost all the state governors that ruled the country between 1999 and 2007 have cases to answer. Their cases range from money laundering to diversion of public funds but as at today, only a few of them are being investigated by the EFCC.
Recently, the former Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang was granted bail in the sum of N100 million after spending days in EFCC custody. He was later taken to the Jos prison where he was eventually granted bail.
Jang is standing trial over misappropriation of public funds. Justice Daniel Longji of the High Court sitting in Jos adjourned Jang’s case but showed how incorruptible he could be in handling the former governor’s case.
There are still incorruptible judges. Those that had skeletons in their cupboard had their homes raided by the operatives of the Department of State Security about two years ago.
Nyame has about 41 count charges against him by the EFCC. Like all other governors, Nyame enriched himself with public funds. The governors are always ready to spend what they have stolen to buy justice.
This is one thing President Muhammadu Buhari administration is standing against. Past leaders that have a case with EFCC are being thoroughly investigated and some of them are facing the music of their past wrong deeds.
As it is in Plateau, so it is in Kaduna State when Justice Muhammed Shuibu of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna ordered the remand of the state former Governor of Kaduna state, Ramalan Yero in prison custody.
Pending the hearing on his bail application, Yero will observe the Ramadan fasting inside the cell to serve as a deterrent to many of his kinds.
The trial judge, Justice Muhammed Shuibu of the federal high court ordered that the governor and three others be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case to 6th June 2018 to hear bail application.
Ramalan Yero Yero and three others were arraigned on Thursday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on a four-count charge of money laundering and bribery.