Residents of Jalingo, the Taraba State capital on Monday protested the sentencing of the first Executive Governor of the State, Jolly Nyame.
Nyame was last week sentenced to 14 years imprisonment without an option of fine for misappropriating N1.64 billion.
The protesters majorly youth and women numbering over 400 converged at the Mile Six Junction in Jalingo and marched through major streets of the town, causing vehicular traffic.
The peaceful protesters who carried placards with various inscriptions, ‘Free Nyame; Temper justice with mercy’, ‘We don’t want selective justice’, among others terminated the march at the resident of the former Governor located along Jolly Nyame way in Jalingo.
Addressing the protesters at Nyame’s residence in Jalingo, National President of the Mumuye Cultural Development Association, Anthony Dogo said the peaceful protest was a solidarity march for the embattled former Governor who was sentenced last week.
“We are not fighting the Government but we are out to march for solidarity with our former Governor and to call on the Government to be just in its fight against corruption.
“Jolly Nyame is our political leader in Taraba state and we are ready to take instruction from him even if he is in the prison.
“We still believe in the adage that the court is the last hope of a common man and we believe justice will be done in this case as he heads to appeal court,” he said.