Jonah Jang, a former governor of Plateau State, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to grant a presidential pardon to his predecessor, Joshua Dariye; and Jolly Nyame, former governor of Taraba State.
Jang, as well as Senator Istifanus Gyang, the lawmaker representing Plateau North Senatorial District, made the appeal at an event in Jos, Plateau state capital, on Sunday.
The Supreme Court had on 12 March upheld Dariye’s conviction over criminal breach of trust, which attracted a 10-year jail. The apex court, however, quashed the charge bordering on criminal misappropriation of public funds.
The apex court had also in February 2020 affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeal which handed Nyame a 12-year jail sentence.
Jang and Gyang urged President Buhari to grant Dariye “executive pardon on compassionate ground”, noting that his health is deteriorating.
They also appealed for Nyame to be pardoned and released having served part of his jail term.
Speaking in the same vein, Senator Gabriel Suswam, the lawmaker representing Benue North Senatorial District, backed the call for the release of Dariye and Nyame.
“You both have my full support for this call. I think they deserve to be pardoned, particularly at this point in time.
“I join them to call on the president to pardon these two gentlemen on compassionate ground,” said Suswam, a former governor of Benue State.