National Assembly: Dariye Receives N171m In Prison

The former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Joshua Dariye, keeps on accepting the N750, 000 compensation and N13.5m month to month running expense from the National Assembly, 11 months after his conviction by a Federal Capital Territory High Court.

This infers his all out profit have ascended from N85.5m in November a year ago to N171.1m in May.

The whole is independent from a severance bundle he should get as an active individual from the National Assembly.

The installment to the record of the indicted administrator has proceeded in spite of a claim documented by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) under the steady gaze of a Federal High Court in Lagos to "stop the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, from paying previous Plateau State representative, Senator Joshua Dariye, N14.2 million month to month stipends while he serves out a 10-year jail sentence for debasement in light of the fact that such installment abuses Nigerian law and global commitments."

Examinations by Sunday Punch demonstrated that Dariye, who speaks to Plateau Central Senatorial District, still got the remittances since his seat presently couldn't seem to be pronounced empty by the initiative of the National Assembly.

The representative, who filled in as legislative head of Plateau from 1999 to 2007, was indicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and sentenced by Justice Adebukola Banjoko of a FCT High Court for stealing N1.162bn.

He was along these lines condemned to 14 years in jail, yet his sentence was decreased to 10 years by the Court of Appeal which maintained his conviction a month ago.

The Director of Information at the National Assembly, Agada Rawlings, in a meeting with Punch, clarified that intrinsically, Dariye couldn't be denied the installments.

Rawlings stated, "The point here is that his seat has not been pronounced empty. You're taking a gander at its ethical side however we are taking a gander at the protected side. There are two issues that are in question. Dariye, starting today, is as yet a representative of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He has not been reviewed.

"Also, INEC has not proclaimed his seat empty. As the administration of the National Assembly, we don't have such powers to do anything generally until the law talks generally.

"Thus, it's not for us as the administration to choose who stays and who does not remain. The law on that is clear. The main protected arrangement to pronounce a seat empty is based on review or demise of a part."

He noticed that a few courts had given judgment, saying, even upon suspension by the guidelines of the house, if certain methodology were not met, such activities were considered to be void.

"In any case, in this specific occurrence, there is an ethical weight, yet on the off chance that there is no law that expresses that he has been banned because of the judgment and the court in this judgment did not say his situation at the Senate of the Federal Republic (had) passed," Rawlings included.

Tread Started by: Christian Uriel On 4:41pm May 19