ICPC Withdraws Charges Against Jang

Lester Mason
May 17, 2018

Jang is facing a twelve count charge over alleged corruption and misappropriation of N6.3 billion during the last leg of his tenure as governor of Plateau state.

Former Governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, Wednesday, was remanded at Jos prison.

Jang, who is now the senator representing Plateau North district, is facing a 12-count charge of diverting N6.3 billion alongside a former cashier in the office of the Secretary to the State Government, Yusuf Pam.

Upon their plea, counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs SAN, asked the court to fix a date for hearing and to remand the suspects in prison pending trial.

Striking out the case, Justice Longji said the prosecution had the right to withdraw the case and he thereby struck out the matter.Among other charges, Jang was accused of misappropriating N2b property belonging to Plateau State Small Medium Enterprises Development Agency (PLASMEDA) and another N2.307b released by the CBN between March 26 and April 9, 2015 in Jos.

Pam was alleged to have personally enriched himself with N11 million.

The prosecutionn counsel said that the offences contravened Section 315 of the Penal Code.

After pleading not guilty to the charges; their counsel, Clarks, applied for their bail.

It was earlier reported that just after Justice Daniel Longji of the state high court five fixed Wednesday, May 15, for proper arraignment and hearing for bail application, young loyalists to Jang, began serious protest against what they referred to as a "witch hunt" by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration.

In particular, he urged the court to grant the ex-governor bail on self recognition, a plea which the prosecuting counsel opposed.

He said: "Any offence that exceeds three years should not be treated as ordinary and presumable for bail".

He, therefore, adjourned the case to May, 2018 24 for ruling on the bail application.

"There is a situation here where the Law becomes an axe". I will humbly seek the leave of the court to withdraw the charge. "They should be remanded in prison pending the ruling on his bail on Thursday next week", he said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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