Supreme Court

Supreme Court Maintains 12 years jail term for Ex-Taraba Gov, Nyame

On Friday, the Supreme Court has Maintained the conviction and sentencing of a former Governor of Taraba State, Jolly Name, to 12 years imprisonment for N1.6bn corruption charges.

But a five-man panel of the Court in a judgement on Friday led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili, upheld the judgment of the Court of Appeal.

The 5 panel, set aside a section of the judgement which imposed N100m fines on the ex-Governor.

Justice Amina Augie who Delivered the judgment said that the Court of Appeal was wrong to have imposed the fine on him without hearing from the appellant.

"The lower court ought to have heard from the parties, especially, the appellant who appealed for the reduction of the sentence imposed by the trial court, before imposing those fines on him," Justice Augie ruled.

She, however, affirmed the guilt and conviction of the ex-governor by upholding the Court of Appeal’s reduction of the 14 years’ imprisonment to 12 years.