A former Plateau State governor, Joshua Dariye, has been found guilty of fraud. Mr Dariye was charged for allegedly diverting N1. 161.9 billion while he served as governor of the North-central state.
He was brought to court on a 23-count charge for the alleged offence by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC in 2007. The ruling judge, justice Adebukola Banjoko also found the former governor guilty in 1,2 and 7 count charge of other related offences of dishonesty. Mr Dariye whose case is over 10years is standing trial on a 23 count charge for money laundering allegedly the State’s 1.126 billion Naira ecological funds. Mr Dariye was arraigned by EFCC on july 13, 2007, bordering on money laundering and other corruption charges alleged to have belonged to the plateau State Government. According to EFCC, the former governor diverted the funds into the account of Ebenezer Ratnen Venture, which is alleged to be one of the companies through which he allegedly siphoned the public funds.
Mr Dariye served the state from 1999-2007.