A former Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye, has asked the Supreme Court to reverse his conviction or reduce the 10-year jail term handed him by the Court of Appeal.
His lawyer, Kanu Agabi, SAN, made the plea yesterday at the hearing of an appeal by Dariye.
Agabi, after adopting his written argument, prayed the court to allow his client’s appeal and set aside Dariye’s conviction and sentence.
The former Attorney General of the Minister of Justice argued that Dariye’s conviction was speculative and urged the court to show mercy on him.
He however added that, should the court be minded to disallow the appeal and affirm the decision of the Court of Appeal, it should reduce the sentence substantially.
Lawyer to the respondent, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, countered and urged the court to dismiss the appeal and uphold the concurrent findings of the two lower courts.
Jacobs contended that a public servant was not better than the common man in the eyes of the law.
A five-man panel of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Mary Odili, after entertaining arguments from lawyers to parties, adjourned till March 21 next year for ruling.