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ICPC withdraws charges against Senator Jang

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ICPC withdraws charges against Senator Jang

Justice Daniel Longji of the High Court 5 sitting in Jos has ordered the remand of the former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jonah Jang to prison custody pending the ruling in his bail application which has been adjourned to Thursday next week.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC is arraigning the former Governor alongside Yusuf Pam, a former Cashier in the Office of the Secretary to the State Government on a 12 count charge bordering on breach of trust, criminal conspiracy, diversion, misappropriation, dishonesty in respect of monies running in N6.3bn.

Taking their pleas, both accused pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them and their Lead Counsel, Robert Clarke, SAN applied for their bail on self recognition especially for Jang who had been both military and civilian Governor at different times and a serving Senator.

He said that if the bail was granted, his clients would not jump bail and will be available at all times.

Clarke said that justice must not be seen to be done but done to be seen.

But Counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs opposed the application saying that granting the application will not be in the interest of justice as it may likely interfere with the case as the Senator being a former two termed Governor, he may intimidate witnesses with his position.

He further argued that due to the enormity of the alleged crime, evidence and nature of the case, it won’t be good for the bail application to be granted.

In his submission, the Presiding Judge, Justice Daniel Longji ordered the remand of the accused in the Jos prison and adjourned the case to the 24th of May, being Thursday next week.

New Telegraph reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on Monday, May 7, preferred a 12 count charge bordering on alleged corruption and misappropriation on Jang.

Sen. Jang who currently represents Plateau North Senatorial District is alleged to have misappropriated over N6 billion two months to the end of his tenure as governor of Plateau State in 2015.

According to the charges, Jang is also said to have embezzled over N4 billion from the state coffers through a cashier in the office of the Secretary to the State Government, one Yusuf Pam, who is also charged along with Jang for also personally enriching himself with N11 million.

Meanwhile, the Plateau state High Court has also struck out the charges filed by ICPC against Senator Jonah Jang on Wednesday owing to the application of the agency to withdraw the charges.

According to the ICPC counsel,  Adeshino Raheem Esq,  the withdrawal is to avoid abuse of court process,  since the EFCC has filed similar charges against the Senator.

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