Friday, 24 January, 2020

See Dem Thieves: See Former PDP Governors Convicted For Fraud Like Orji Kalu


On Thursday, December 5, 2019, former governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by a federal high court in Lagos after he was found guilty on all the 39-count charges brought against him.

The 59-year-old was convicted of N7.65billion fraud perpetuated when he was Abia State governor between 1999 and 2007 under PDP. He was convicted alongside his firm, Slok Nigeria Limited and his former Abia State director of finance, Ude Udeogu and the court also ordered forfeiture of all assets of his company to the federal government.

Meanwhile, here are other former PDP governors who have been jailed for corruption.

Name: Lucky Igbinedion

Political Party: People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

The 62-year-old was a former governor of Edo State from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.

On the 19th of December, 200, a Federal High Court in Enugu sentenced him to six months in prison with the option of a N3.5 million fine. He later reached a controversial plea bargain with the EFCC and returned N500 million and three of the houses he acquired with stolen public funds to the Federal Government.

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Name: James Ibori

Political Party: People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

The 60-year-old was Governor of Delta State in Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.

On the 27th of February 2012, he was accused of stealing $250 million from the Nigerian public purse. He later pleaded guilty to ten counts of money laundering and conspiracy to defraud at Southwark Crown Court, London. On the 17th of April, 2012, Ibori was sentenced to 13 years by Southwark Crown Court for his crimes.

Some of his possessions confiscated were:

A house in Hampstead, north London, for £2.2m

A £3.2m mansion in Sandton, near Johannesburg, South Africa

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A property in Shaftesbury, Dorset, for £311,000

A Mercedes-Benz Maybach 62 bought for €407,000 cash, that was shipped direct to his mansion in South Africa

A £120,000 Bentley Continental GT

A fleet of armoured Range Rovers valued at £600,000

Name: Bala James Ngilari

Political Party: People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

Bala James Ngilari was a former governor of Adamawa State, from October 2014 to May 2015.

On the 6th of March, 2017, a Yola High Court sentenced him to five years in prison without the option of fine after he was found guilty of defrauding his state of N167 million.

Name: Joshua Chibi Dariye

Political Party: People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

Joshua Chibi Dariye, was a former governor of Plateau State from May 29, 1999 – May 18, 2004.

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On Tuesday 12th June, 2018, the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Gudu, Abuja, sentenced him to 14 years’ imprisonment on the charges of criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of funds (1.6 billion naira).

His jail term was later reduced to 10 years by the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja

Name: Jolly Nyame

Political Party: People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

Jolly Nyame was Governor of Taraba State from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.

On May 30, 2018, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison for diverting N1.64 billion while he served as governor of Taraba.

In November 2018, the Court of Appeal in Abuja reduced the 14-year jail term to 12 years.and ordered him to pay a fine of N495 million for alleged misappropriation of funds.

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