A Federal High Court presided over by Justice Adebukola Banjoko has rejected bail application filed on behalf of convicted former Governor of Taraba state Jolly Nyame on Tuesday.
Olalelakan Ojo, Nyame’s counsel, had told the court that his client needed access to traditional medicine with which he was treating hypertension and diabetes.
Ojo, in arguing the application, referred to a June 19 medical report issued by a Jalingo, Taraba State hospital, suggesting that the convict could die if not released from prison.
However, Banjoko ruled that Nyame’s application was “unmeritorius”.
The judge said bail could not be granted to a convict as a matter of right but only under “exceptional circumstances,” which could include ill health.
Although Nyame cited health reasons for his request, Banjoko ruled that there was no credible evidence to warrant granting him bail.
Nyame is currently in Kuje prison, Abuja, after a judge handed him a 14-year jail sentence on May 30.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had accused Nyame of criminally misappropriating the funds while he served as governor between 1999 and 2007.
Adebukola Banjoko, a judge, found him guilty of 27 out of the 41 counts levelled against him and jailed him for 14 years without an option of fine.
Nyame was a two term Governor of the state and a single term senator under the Peoples Democratic Party.
He decamped to ruling All Progressives Congress during his trial but Justice Bamjoko found him guilty of financial misappropriation and sentenced him to 14 years in jail.
Opposition Party has been alleging the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration of selective persecution of its members.
The same Justice Banjoko sentenced another former Governor of Plateau state, Joshua Dariye for financial misappropriation.
Nyame will approach the appellant court to secure his bail.
President Buhari strong campaign promise during the electioneering in 2015 is to fight corruption.