Former Governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye has ascribed his release from prison to prayers by the people of his state.
According to NAN, the 65-year-old Dariye also thanked The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) for granting him state pardon.
The politician, prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was jailed in June 2018 for misappropriating N1.16billion Ecological Fund.
Justice Adebukola Banjoko equally found Dariye guilty of criminal breach of trust involving N250million issued to Pinnacle Communications from the fund.
Three weeks earlier, the same judge sent former Taraba Governor, Jolly Nyame guilty to prison over corruption charges.
But in April 2022, the Council of State, led by President Buhari, approved the freedom of the duo and scores of others.
Dariye was released from Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja in August, four months after he was granted clemency.
The ex-Plateau helmsman, who arrived in Jos, the capital, on Wednesday, was welcomed by his supporters.
“I thank President Muhammadu Buhari for being magnanimous and granting us state pardon.
“I also thank Plateau people for their prayers and solidarity during my travail. If not for your prayers and support, this day would not have been possible,” he said.
The former Plateau Central Senator also thanked God for reuniting him with his people.
Dariye advised residents to ensure they obtained their permanent voter cards before the 2023 elections.