Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) Africa, a Civil Society Organisation (CSO), on Thursday lauded the Judiciary for recent conviction of Jolly Nyame and Joshua Dariye, saying it was victory for anti-corruption fight.
Executive Director of the organisation, Samson Itodo, stated this in a statement in Abuja.
He said that the imprisonment of the former Governors of Taraba and Plateau, respectively, clearly showed that the fight against corruption and impunity was gradually becoming a reality.
Dariye, who held office between 1999 and 2007, was on Tuesday sentenced to 14 years in jail by a Federal High Court in Abuja for diverting N1.16 billion ecological funds to personal use.
Nyame was also convicted for diverting N1.64 billion state’s funds while in office between 1999 and 2017 and sent to jail for 14 years.
“This feat clearly shows that the fight against corruption and impunity is gradually becoming a reality and we hope to see more of this thread across board,” Itodo said.
He said that YIAGA Africa commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the laudable stride and for ensuring that justice prevailed in spite of the length of time involved.
“YIAGA Africa also commends Justice Adebukola Banjoko who deserves some accolades for dispensing justice without fear or favour.
“This shows that the fight against corruption can only succeed with the cooperation of the judiciary and sets a precedent for a string of similar pending cases,” he said.