From Alex Enumah in Abuja
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Wednesday handed down a 14-year sentence to former Taraba State Governor, Reverend Jolly Nyame.
Justice Adebukola Banjoko, delivering judgment on the 11-year-old trial, said she could not help but hand down the maximum sentence after finding the defendant guilty of allegations of fraud, criminal breach of trust amongst others.
The judge held that the judgment was meant to serve as deterrent to other public office holders who have plans to dip their hands in the public treasury.
“The court would be failing in its responsibility if it does otherswise. As regards to criminal breach of trust, maximum of 14years without option of fine.
“Misappropriation, 2years without option of fine, gratification, 7years without option of fine, obtaining valuable things without consideration, 5years without option of fine.
“The sentences however are to run concurrently”, the court held.