BREAKING NEWS: Former Taraba State Governor, Jolly Nyame Gets A Reduced Jail Term, Ordered To N495Million Naira.

Jolly Nyame.
Jailed former Governor of Taraba State.

The Court of Appeal in Abuja this afternoon ordered the former Taraba State Governor, Jolly Nyame, to pay a fine of N495 million for alleged misappropriation of funds while he was governor of Taraba State from 1999 to 2007.

The court however reduced the 14-year jail term earlier given to Mr. Nyame by a High Court in Abuja to 12 years.

The appeal court said the law compels the court to add a fine for each of the various convictions.

During an initial judgment of the lower court in April, the court jailed Jolly Nyame 14 years for various crimes which penalties were to run concurrently.

But the appellate court in a fresh ruling on Friday said Mr. Nyame ought to have been given a capital punishment, but for the constitutional constraint on the court to stick to the provisions of the law.