By: Valentine Adese,
The Plateau State High Court presided over by Hon. Justice Daniel Longji has ordered that, Senator Jonah David Jang, be remanded in Jos Prison, pending when the Court would give its ruling on his bail application on Thursday next week.
Sen. Jang, who was arraigned alongside one Yusuf Gyang Pam today by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 12 count charge, pleaded not guilty to all the counts.
Earlier, while raising objection to Jang’s application for bail by his Counsel Robert Clark (SAN), the prosecuting Counsel, Rotimi Jacob (SAN), called on the court to look at the seriousness of the offence, the nature of the charge, the evidence available, the probability of the accused appearing constantly in the trial and the weight of the punishment.
According to Rotimi (SAN) Sections 36(5) which provides that everybody who is charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed to be innocent until he is proven guilty is not in line with the Law that governs the criminal prosecution against Sen. Jang and Yusuf Pam.
He said, “Any offence that exceeds 3 years should not be treated as ordinary and presumable for bail.”
In his application for bail of Senator Jang earlier, Robert (SAN) had submitted that Jang should be granted bail on self recognition, owing to the fact that he has been a governor of two states, a serving Senator and that he has been granted administrative bail five times, which he had faithfully honoured by the EFCC.
While adjourning the matter to next week Thursday, being the 24th May, 2018, the presiding Judge, Hon. Justice Daniel Longji, said it would provide him ample time to give a well deserved ruling, as he would have time to look at the charges, the Affidavit of the applicants for bail and the Counter Affidavit filed by the EFCC.
He said, ‘There is a situation here where the Law becomes an axe. I have not studied the charges and I cannot use my personal knowledge of the accused person(s) to ask him to go on bail.
“They should be remanded in prison custody pending the ruling on his bail on Thursday next week.”
Robert Clarke (SAN), Chief Sunni Odey (ESQ) and Sunday Oyawole among other counsels, represented Sen. Jonah Jang and Yusuf Gyang Pam.
You would recall that Senator Jang has already spend 9 days at EFCC cell with Yusuf Pam.