By: Valentine Adese,
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed 12 charges against the immediate past Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jonah Jang, for an alleged fraud of N6.3bn.
The EFCC, which filed the case before a High Court sitting in Plateau State on Monday, accused Jang of perpetrating the fraud two months to the end of his tenure as governor in 2015.
Jang, who currently represents Plateau-North Senatorial District, is alleged by the EFCC to have embezzled some special funds released to the state by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
In one of the counts, the former governor, among other things, is been accused of diverting N2bn released by the CBN for disbursement to Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) in the state under the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Funds, just a month before the expiration of his tenure in April 2015.
Jang is also said to have abused his office as the governor by collecting money to the tune of N4.3bn from the state coffers through the cashier of the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Yusuf Pam.
Pam, who is expected to be arraigned alongside Sen. Jang, is allegedly charged and accused to have corruptly used his office for personal enrichment to the tune of N11.5m by the EFCC.
REALITY just gathered that the charge had been served on the former governor but, no date had been fixed for his arraignment alongside Pam.
However, reports also reaching REALITY indicate that the Senators supporters and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are already viewing the move of the EFCC, as a mere witch-hunt.
According to them, Jang has shown the best stride of governance and his physical achievements in the state are there for everyone to see.
You would however recall that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, had in their campaign promises, promised to recover alleged loots of Sen. Jang’s administration in the state.
In an earlier move, the administration had set up a committee to assess the state debt, which was placed a little above N222bn and later set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry (JCI), to look into the contracts and other transactions entered by the same administration.
You would recall that Sen. Jang’s Bid to stop the publication by the APC administration led by Governor Simon Bako Lalong had failed at the lower court.