Withdraw Pardon for Dariye, Nyame, SERAP Tell Buhari

Written by on April 18, 2022


The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently review and withdraw the pardon granted to former governors of Plateau State, Senator Joshua Dariye and Taraba State, Rev Jolly Nyame, who are serving jail terms for corruption.

Dariye and Nyame were jailed for stealing N1.16 billion and N1.6 billion respectively.
However, the National Council of State last week endorsed the pardon of Dariye, Nyame and 157 others serving jail terms following the recommendations of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy.

But in the letter dated 16 April, 2022, and signed by SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, the organisation said impunity for corruption would continue as long as influential politicians escape justice for their crimes.

SERAP also urged him to propose constitutional amendment to the National Assembly to reform the provisions on the exercise of the prerogative of mercy to make it provisions more transparent, and consistent and compatible with Nigeria’s international anti-corruption obligations.

The organisation stated that any proposed amendment should also empower the citizens to challenge the legality of any arbitrary exercise of the power of prerogative of mercy.

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