Justice Adebukola Banjoko
In what can be considered an unprecedentedly fearless and bold move, Justice Adebukola Banjoko has successfully convicted and sent two former governors to jail: Jolly Nyame, former governor of Taraba, and Joshua Dariye, former governor of Plateau state.
The name, Adebukola Banjoko, is rapidly becoming a symbol of fearless and impartial justice in the Nigerian judiciary.
On Wednesday, May 30, Justice Banjoko sentenced Nyame to 14 years in prison without an option of fine.
Nyame was found guilty of 27 out of 41 counts of alleged diversion of public funds while he served as governor of Taraba state.
He was charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly diverting N1.64 billion while he served as governor between 1999 and 2007.
On Tuesday, June 12, Justice Banjoko delivered another landmark judgement. She sentenced Joshua Dariye, a former governor of Plateau state, to 14 years in prison.
Dariye was charged for diverting N1.162 billion while he served as governor of the North-central state.
He was brought to court on a 23-count charge for the alleged offence by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2007.
While delivering the judgement, Justice Banjoko noted the efforts of Erokoro, Dariye’s lawyer but stated: “There should not be compromise in corruption. Corruption is corruption.”
Justice Banjoko, considered a fearless judge by her peers and observers, urged the parties and Nigerians to separate the judge from the judgement.
Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that Dariye broke down in tears as he was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment by Justice Banjoko in a judgment which took her almost eight hours to read.
Photos published by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) show the former governor weeping and making use of a white handkerchief.