Joshua Dariye

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Joshua Chibi Dariye
Governor of Plateau State
In office
May 29, 1999 – May 18, 2004
Preceded by Musa Shehu
Succeeded by Chris Alli
Governor of Plateau State
In office
November 18, 2004 – November 13, 2006
Preceded by Chris Alli
Succeeded by Michael Botmang
Governor of Plateau State
In office
April 27, 2007 – May 29, 2007
Preceded by Michael Botmang
Succeeded by Jonah Jang
Senator for Plateau Central
Assumed office
May 2011
Preceded by Satty Davies Gogwim
Personal details
Born (1957-07-27) 27 July 1957 (age 59)
Horop, Mushere, Bokkos LGA, Plateau State
Political party Labour Party (LP)

Joshua Chibi Dariye (born July 27, 1957) assumed office as the Governor of Plateau State, Nigeria on May 29, 1999 on the platform of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). He was re-elected for another four-year term starting in May 2003, and was impeached in November 2006. In April 2011 he was elected Senator for Plateau Central on the Labour Party platform.[1]

Background[edit]

Born in Horop, Mushere, Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State, Dariye was a businessman before becoming a politician. He was a strong mobilizer for the election of President Olusegun Obasanjo in the People's Democratic Party Primaries in 1999 as well as Obasanjo's re-election in 2003.[citation needed] At a regional level, he has chaired the Governors' forum of the States in Northern Nigeria. Dariye's wife is named Valentina and together they have four children namely Nanle, Joy, Ebenezer and Ruth.

Governor[edit]

During his time as governor, he was arrested along in London, England on 20 January 2004, with large sums of money.[2] Serving governors have immunity from criminal prosecution and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), an agency of the current administration established to check corrupt practices is waiting for 2007 to charge him to court for money laundering. He is accused of stealing about $9m of public funds and of money laundering.[2]

Impeachment[edit]

In early October 2006, eight of the twenty-four state assembly members issued an impeachment notice against Dariye. In his defence, he stated that the notice was invalid as the eight did not form a quorum of the assembly. A crowd of Dariye's supporters tried to prevent the assembly members from entering the state assembly building. Riot police then fired into the crowd, killing two protestors.[3]

Dariye was impeached on November 13, 2006. His deputy, Michael Botmang, became the new governor. On March 10, 2007, after a Court of Appeals ordered Dariye reinstated as governor, the Plateau State Government announced its intention to appeal to the Supreme Court.[4]

On 27 April 2007, the Supreme Court refused the appeal of the Plateau State Government and ordered the reinstatement of Dariye with immediate effect.[5]

Following his reinstatement, Dariye's term of office as Governor of Plateau State concluded on 29 May 2007.[6]

Senator[edit]

In April 2011, Dariye was elected Senator for Plateau Central on the Labour Party platform. He received 189,140 votes, defeating Dawuda Gowon of the PDP, younger brother of former head of state Yakubu Gowon, who received 160,106 votes.[1][7]

Criminal trial[edit]

Nigeria's leading anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in 2007, preferred 23 counts of money laundering involving alleged diversion of about N1.126billion Plateau State Government's ecological funds against Dariye.[8]

The charges were filed before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abujas against Dariye. He pleaded not guilty to the charges following which the trial judge, Justice Adebukola Banjoko, fixed November 13, 2007 for the commencement of trial.

But before that date, Dariye filed an application, challenging the competence of the charges and the jurisdiction of the court. He argued that he ought to be tried before a Plateau State High Court and not the FCT High Court.

On December 13, 2007, the trial judge heard and dismissed Dariye’s application for lacking in merit. Dariye appealed against the ruling of the court. But the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal affirmed the decision of Justice Banjoko. Dariye subsequently appealed to the Supreme Court.[9]

But the apex court, on February 27, 2015 dismissed Dariye’s appeal and ordered him to submit himself for trial.[9]

Trial resumes[edit]

Following the Supreme Court's judgment delivered on 27 February 2015, the former Plateau State Governor's trial resumed after about nine years of delay on 26 January 2016.[8] The EFCC called its first prosecution witness, Musa Sunday, who is a detective with the anti-graft agency and who was involved in the investigation of Dariye for the alleged crime. Sunday, during his testimony before Justice Banjoko gave a breakdown of his team's report of investigation revealing how the ecological funds obtained by Dariye, as then governor of Plateau State, was allegedly diverted.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Joe Nwachukwu, Mohammed Sabiu and Isaac Shobayo (April 29, 2011). "Imo gov election results not yet released –INEC•Yari wins Zamfara gov poll•Jang floors deputy, Sango, others". Nigerian Tribune. Archived from the original on May 2, 2011. Retrieved May 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b BBC Profile: Joshua Dariye
  3. ^ "Two protesters killed in Nigeria". BBC News. October 13, 2006. Retrieved March 11, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Dariye: Plateau Govt Appeals Judgement". Nigerian Tribune Online. African Newspapers of Nigeria Plc. March 11, 2007. Archived from the original on March 17, 2007. Retrieved March 11, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Nigeria: Supreme Court Reinstates Dariye". allafrica.com. Vanguard Media Ltd. April 28, 2007. Retrieved May 29, 2007. 
  6. ^ "I'll be around on May 29 - Dariye". The Sun. The Sun Publishing Limited. May 18, 2007. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved May 29, 2007. 
  7. ^ "Election Tribunal Upholds Dariye, Lar, Hassan and Saraki Victories". Elombah. October 27, 2011. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c Adesomoju, Ade (January 26, 2015). "The Punch". 
  9. ^ a b Ikhilae, Eric. "The Nation".