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Ex-Governors Dariye, Nyame released from prison



Two former governors, Jolly Nyame, Joshua Dariye and three others have been released by the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Public Relations Officer, FCT command, Mr Chukwuedo Humphrey confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.

He said the Presidential Prerogative of Mercy Committee sent their letters of release to the command on Monday.

Humphrey said the two former governors were pardoned on ill health and age grounds and were released immediately.

He, however, did not disclose the names of the three others who were released.

“We have no right to hold them further as soon as we have the letter of clemency from the presidency.

“If we do, it will be against their fundamental human rights.

“They have left the facility today. Dariye and Nyame were in Kuje custodial centre while the three others were in Suleja custodial centre,” he said.

Recall that the ex-governors were among the 159 prisoners pardoned by the Council of State on April 14.

Jolly Nyame, 66, ex-governor of Taraba from 1999 to 2007, was serving a 12-year jail term at the Kuje prison over misappropriation of funds while he was in office.

Mr Joshua Dariye, 64, who governed Plateau between 1999 and 2007, was also jailed for corruption during his time as governor between 1999 and 2007

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