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Nigerian politician jailed for $3.2m theft

Author: BBC
Joshua Dariye
Joshua Dariye

A former Nigerian governor has been sentenced to 14 years in jail after "diverting" $3.2m (£2.4m) meant for his state's ecological fund during his time in office.

Joshua Dariye, who is currently a senator, was found guilty of corruption while the governor of Plateau State between 1999 and 2007.

The judge, sitting in the capital Abuja, described his actions as a “brazen act of systematic looting”, Nigerian newspaper Vanguard reports.

Two weeks ago, the former governor of neighbouring Taraba state, Jolly Nyame, was also sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption.