Stella Dimoko Senator Dariye Still Receives Salary In Prison Because Senate Has Not Been Informed Of His Conviction


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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Senator Dariye Still Receives Salary In Prison Because Senate Has Not Been Informed Of His Conviction

Six months after his conviction by a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Former Gov and now Senator Joshua Dariye is still receiving the N750, 000 salary and N13.5m monthly running cost from the National Assembly.

Investigations by The PUNCH revealed that Dariye, who represents Plateau-Central Senatorial District, was still receiving the allowances because his seat had yet to be declared vacant by the leadership of the National Assembly.

Dariye, who was governor of Plateau State from 1999 to 2007, was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and convicted by Justice Adebukola Banjoko of an FCT High Court for embezzling N1.162bn.

He was subsequently sentenced to 14 years in prison, but his sentence was reduced to 10 years by the Court of Appeal which upheld his conviction last month.

The ex-governor had even made a non-refundable payment of N8m for the All Progressives Congress’ Senate forms but was screened out by the party in September.

The Special Adviser to the Senate President on Media, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said he could not confirm if Dariye was still receiving allowances or not.
He also said the former governor’s seat could not be declared vacant until the leadership of the Senate received official communication from the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation.

When asked if the Senate was not aware of the highly publicised conviction of Dariye, Olaniyonu said the legislative arm of government does not act based on media reports but on official communication.

“Those who convicted Senator Dariye never informed us that he had been convicted. In fact, we even read that he bought the APC ticket to contest for re-election. The AGF prosecuted him and he ought to write the Senate so that the seat can be declared vacant and another election conducted.”

But the Director for Information at the National Assembly, Mr Jerry Agada, said there was no court order or directive from the Senate President to stop Dariye’s salary and so it could not be stopped.
Agada said it was possible for Dariye’s salary to be withheld pending the outcome of the case in court but the National Assembly Commission had no such powers to stop it.

“On our own, we have no power to stop the salary or allowances of any senator whose seat has not been declared vacant. Our intention was that his pay would be put on hold pending the outcome of the case but do we even have such powers?

“He remains a senator in the eyes of the law. It is not a matter of morality now but a matter of law. The power to declare any seat vacant resides in the Senate President or the Speaker.”


  1. Hmmm na wah! This can only happen in Obodo Nigeria 🇳🇬

  2. controversial sunshyn11 December 2018 at 14:44

    very right of the Senate. The court should be blamed. The failure of Nigeria is the problem of the Judiciary

  3. With all that salary, he still had the guts to cry in court?

  4. It is a matter of time, he is a born leader and he will bounce back and become a better person, he Will still win elections and he will serve the people better, my leader carry-on, the national assembly can never stop your salary and allowances, we are talking about the law here and not perception


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