A court in Abuja has found ex-governor of Plateau, Joshua Dariye guilty of misappropriating N1.16 billion Ecological Fund meant for the state.
He was accused of unlawful transferring of funds to the sum of 1.126bn funds of the state to the Peoples Democratic Party, in the southwest. The ruling judge, Justice Adebukola Banjoko also found the former governor guilty in 1, 2 and 7 count charge of other related offences of dishonesty.
Mr Dariye whose case is over 10 years is standing trial on a 23 count charge for money laundering was arraigned by the EFCC on July 13, 2007, bordering on money laundering and other corruption charges alleged to have belonged to the Plateau State Government.
According to the EFCC, the former governor diverted the funds into the account of Ebenezer Venture, which is alleged to be one of the companies through which he allegedly syphoned the public funds. Mr Dariye served the state from 1999- 2007.