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Court convicts ex-Gov Dariye for corruption too

The Federal High Court in sitting in Gudu, Abuja, found former Governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, guilty of corruption and was accordingly sentenced on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

Dariye, a serving Senator in the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, was guilty of 15 counts out of the 23 counts offences preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC. The court freed him of eight counts.

Consequently, the presiding judge, Justice Adebukola Banjoko, sentenced Senator Dariye for corrupt practices when he was governor of Plateau State. He was said to have diverted N2 billion of the state’s Ecological Funds through his company, Retnan Ventures,. He was arraigned by the EFCC on July 13, 2007.

Plea for mercy by Dariye’s lawyer, Paul Erokor, was countered by the EFCC prosecuting lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, who insisted that the court should apply maximum sentence for Dariye for corruptly enriching himself as governor in Plateau State.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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