A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court has sentenced Joshua Dariye, a former governor of Plateau state, to 14 years in prison.
Dariye, a serving senator, will serve a two-year and 14-year jail term concurrently.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had in 2007 charged Dariye to court on a 23-count charge of alleged mismanagement of public fund, to the tune of N1.16 billion.
The former Governor was said to have diverted the fund the account of Ebenezer Ratnen Venture, which is alleged to be one of the companies through which he allegedly siphoned the public funds.
In his ruling on Tuesday, Justice Adebukola Banjoko, the trial judge, found him guilty of breaching 15 of the charges filed against him by the EFCC.
Dariye was found guilty on count 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10 while not guilty on county 14, 16, 18.
On count 17,21,23, Dariye was found guilty for breach of trust and on count 3, 9,11,22 for criminal misappropriation of funds he was guilty as charged.
The court also found the former governor guilty of count 1, 2 and 7 of the charges of other related offences of dishonesty.
Dariye was arraigned by the EFCC on July 13, 2007, bordering on money laundering and other corruption charges alleged to have belonged to the Plateau state government, totalling N1.126 billion of the state’s ecological funds.