27 April 2016
A former legislator, Gabriel Daudu, who had been sentenced to 154 years in jail for corruption and money laundering has somehow had his sentence reduced to a 2 year stay in jail.
Gabriel Daudu, from Central Kogi State, was found guilty of 77 charges, according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Daudu, who has been on trial since 2010, was involved in laundering about $7M (over a billion in naira).
Delivering the judgement in the capital city of Kogi, Lokoja, Justice Inyang Ekwo said the prosecutor had “proved its case beyond every reasonable doubt”, which is the necessary standard for any criminal conviction. However the judge ruled that the sentences of his 77 conviction (each for 2 years, multiplying to give 154 years) would run concurrently instead of separately, meaning that Dauda could expect to only spend two years in jail.
This decision is still subject to appeal, though.