A Civil society Organisation, Center for Human Rights and Social Advancement (CEFSAN) has condemned in strong terms the presidential pardon granted former Governors of Taraba and Plateau states, Jolly Nyame and Joshua Dariye.
It will be recalled that Joshua Dariye was convicted and sentenced to 10-year imprisonment by a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in 2018 for counts bordering on stealing, looting of public funds amounting to 2 Billion Naira, and Criminal Breach of Trust amongst others during his tenure as the Governor of Plateau State between 1999 to 2007.
The said conviction and Sentence of 10-year jail term was upheld by the Apex Court.
Similarly Jolly Nyame was also convicted and sentenced to serve a 12-year jail term by the same High Court as a result of misappropriation and looting of Public funds amounting to 2 Billion Naira during his 8 years’ tenure as the Governor of Taraba State, a sentence which was also upheld by the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, the Council of State on Thursday endorsed the granting of clemency, pardon and prerogative of mercy to 159 among whom are Jolly Nyame and Joshua Dariye.
However, in a statement issued in Kano by Yusha’u Sani Yankuzo, Executive Director, CEFSAN on Friday , said that unless the decision by the President is revisited, the claim of anti-graft crusade by the APC led government is nothing but a hoax, sham and an exercise in futility despite the huge budgeting for the finance of anticorruption institutions and agencies, whereas on the side of the judiciary such pardoning is a backlash.
‘’ . This act of Mr. President begs the question on how serious this administration is in curbing both economic and security challenges that ordinary Nigerians are subjected to on a daily basis.’’