A former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Joshua Dariye, continues to receive the N750, 000 salary and N13.5m monthly running cost from the National Assembly, 11 months after his conviction by a Federal Capital Territory High Court, SUNDAY PUNCH can report.
This implies that his total earnings have risen from N85.5m in November last year to N171.1m in May.
The sum is separate from a severance package he is supposed to receive as an outgoing member of the National Assembly.
The payment to the account of the convicted lawmaker has continued despite a lawsuit filed by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project before a Federal High Court in Lagos to “stop the Senate President Bukola Saraki from paying former Plateau State governor, Senator Joshua Dariye, N14.2 million monthly allowances while he serves out a 10-year prison sentence for corruption because such payment violates Nigerian law and international obligations.”
Investigations by SUNDAY PUNCH showed that Dariye, who represents Plateau Central Senatorial District, still received the allowances because his seat had yet to be declared vacant by the leadership of the National Assembly.