A Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Gudu, Abuja, on Tuesday sentenced former Plateau State Governor and serving senator, Joshua Dariye to 14 years’ imprisonment for criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of over N1.16bn Ecological Funds allocated to the state.

Justice Adebukola Banjoko  ‎in a judgment that lasted nearly 8hrs convicted the ex-governor on 15 out the 23 counts levelled against him.

While Dariye was said to have wept in court as the judgment was being pronounced, sources in the EFCC say the ex Governor had long anticipated it.

Dariye according to the source had once told the team of EFCC detectives detailed to the case that he knew he was going to jail but vowed not to go alone.

The judge that convicted him had barely a fortnight ago, imposed 14 years’ jail term on ex-Governor of Taraba State, Jolly Nyame, on similar charges.

Dariye might equally be consoled that his arch rival who is equally an ex Plateau Governor and serving Senator, Jonah Jang is currently in detention over fund misappropriation.

Dariye had devised several means to stall the case and could have still been capable of bringing another excuse to delay the ruling but for the probable fact that he is "not alone" in cell as he had hoped.

The pain for Dariye might however be that he had defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress party to escape sanctions but was still convicted.

His son, Nanle Dariye is equally facing trial on charges of criminal conspiracy among others.

It is not known if Dariye would appeal his judgment on the case that had lasted about 11 years.