‘Please, show mercy’ – how Dariye begged EFCC counsel in court

Joshua Dariye, a former governor of Plateau state, who was handed a 14-year jail sentence on Tuesday, begged for mercy at the federal capital territory high court (FCT) where he was convicted.Dariye was found guilty of 14 counts out of 23 counts preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).He was said to have used an account belonging to Ebenezer Reitner Ventures, a company he owns, to divert ecological fund.The account was domiciled in Sun Trust BankBefore Adebukola Banjoko, the judge, gave her ruling, Paul Eroko, counsel to Dariye, pleaded for a light sentence.“Appeals to your judgement do not succeed, we will fall on your mercy. The prisons are congested,” Eroko said.“They misled the governor, it is the bank, they said he didn’t have to present anything.”

But Rotimi Jacobs, counsel to EFCC, said Dariye did not deserve a light sentence because he “didn’t show remorse”.Jacob asked the court not to give Dariye a light sentence in order to serve as a deterrence to those holding public offices.“He is not remorseful, his case should serve as a deterrence,” Jacobs said.At this point, Dariye said he wanted to speak.“Have mercy, you are a Christian, your name is Jacob,” he said.Dariye was whisked away by policemen after the judge ruled.

Share your Story with us on Whatsapp +2348060798767,  Facebook, Twitter

Join our Whatsapp  group and get instant updates. Click HERE

Click HERE to advertise with us


Notable 2016 Divorce Case: Justice Theresa Uzokwe (Abia State CJ) v. Dr Afam Uzokwe: An interesting case where the court ruled against its own


Notable SC Judgement 2017: Abubakar vs Usman: Court Order SAN to Pay 1M for ill-advising Client (Full Judgement)


London court jails five Nigerians for £610,000 telephone banking fraud


SAN’s right of audience in Magistrate Court: Read Full Judgement




Powered by Facebook Comments