Former governors of Taraba and Plateau states, Jolly Nyame and Joshua Dariye, jailed for corruption have been released from Kuje Correctional Center in Abuja.
Nyame was serving a 12-year jail sentence for diverting N1.64 billion belonging to Taraba State to private use during his tenure as governor and Dariye was in jail for a 10-year sentence over N1.126 billion fraud.
Nyame and Dariye were released around 2:15pm on Monday, according to a prison source.
The duo regained their freedom after they had been pardoned three months ago by the Council of State on April 14, 2022.
The Council of State led by President Mohammadu Buhari granted the two former governors pardon base on ill health, age and good conduct and industry while serving their sentences in the custodial centre.
Also released were three other inmates from Suleja Custodial Centre in Niger State.
The spokesman for the Federal Capital Territory of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NSC), Chukwuedo Humphrey, who confirmed their release to newsmen, said: “Release of Jolly Nyame and Joshua Dariye is sequel to the receipt of the letter of clemency from the Presidential Prerogative of Mercy Committee by the Controller General of Corrections, Haliru Nababa.