Withdraw State Pardon For Dariye, Nyame, SERAP Urges Buhari.
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to use his office to review and revoke the pardons granted to former governors of Plateau State, Senator Joshua Dariye, and Taraba State, Rev Jolly Nyame, who are serving prison terms for corruption.
SERAP further urges him to submit to the National Assembly constitutional amendments to modify the laws on the use of the prerogative of mercy in order to make them more transparent, consistent, and compliant with Nigeria’s international anti-corruption commitments.
Former governors Dariye and Nyame were sentenced to prison for stealing N1.16 billion and N1.6 billion, respectively. However, following the recommendations of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy, the National Council of State supported the pardon of the two former governors and 157 others serving prison terms on Thursday.
The organization stated in a letter dated 16 April 2022 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare that impunity for corruption will persist as long as powerful politicians avoid accountability for their crimes. The constitutional right of mercy should not be used as a tool of impunity.