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N6.3bn alleged fraud: Jang remanded in custody pending bail ruling

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N6.3bn alleged fraud: Jang remanded in custody pending bail ruling

Justice Daniel Longji of High Court 5 sitting in Jos, Plateau State, yesterday ordered to be remanded in prison custody, the former governor of Plateau State, Senator Jonah Jang.

 

That ispending the ruling on his bail application, which had been adjourned to Thursday next week. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned 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 N6.3 billion.

 

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 now a serving senator. He said if the bail was granted, his clients would not jump bail and would be available at all times.

 

Clarke said justice must not be seen to be done, but done to be seen. But Counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, opposed the application, saying that granting the application would not be in the interest of justice as it might likely interfere with the case as the senator, being a twotermed former 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 Jos prison and adjourned the case to May 24, 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 against Jang.

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