By: Valentine Adese,
The Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos, the capital of Plateau state has granted leave to the Federal Government (FG) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to file charges against a former governor of Plateau State, now Senator, representing Plateau North Senatorial District at the National Assembly (NASS), Senator Jonah David Jang and one Yusuf Pam.
The Presiding Judge, Hon. Justice Daniel Longji, granted the prayers to the prosecuting Counsel of the Federal Government, Rotimi Jacob (SAN), after hearing his application, which came in by way of Motion Exparte, supported by a 9 paragraph Affidavit.
However, the prosecuting Counsel told the Court that owing to logistic problems, the accused person (Sen. Jang), could not be arraigned, as the FG and the EFCC were unable to bring him from Abuja.
The Court therefore following the information has adjourned the matter to Wednesday, 16th May, 2018, for arraignment and hearing of Sen. Jang and Pam’s bail applications.
Robert Clarke (SAN), Chief Sunni Odey (ESQ) and Sunday Oyawole among other counsels, represented Sen. Jonah Jang.
You would recall that REALITY had reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed 12 count charges against the immediate past Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jonah Jang, for an alleged fraud of N6.3bn.
Sen. 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 also gathered that the charge had been served on the former governor already.
The highlight of today’s sitting was the protest of supporters of the APC and PDP at the entrance of the court.