(File) Former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang.
Justice Daniel Longji of the Federal High Court in Jos, Plateau State has set December 31 to rule on the no-case submission by a former governor of the state, Senator Jonah Jang.
The choose fastened the date on Monday, stated a press release by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren.
EFCC has been prosecuting the lawmaker since March 2018 on an amended 17-count, alongside a cashier within the Office of the Secretary to the State Government (OSSG), Yusuf Pam, for alleged corruption and misappropriation of Plateau State funds to the tune of N6.32billion.
On December 17, Justice Longji set December 23 for the adoption of written addresses by the events within the no-case submission of the defence to which the prosecution counsel, H.O. Ejiga, decried the late service of discover of the defence’s written tackle on its no-case submission.
He famous that it ran opposite to the courtroom pronouncement of November 18 that the defence ought to file its no-case submission inside 14 days, and for the prosecution to file its response inside 10 days of service of the defence’s no-case submission.
At Wednesday’s continuing, counsel to the primary defendant (Jang), E.G Phajok, and that of the second defendant, S. Olawale, submitted that the submitting of their no-case submission was so as and correctly executed.
He additionally urged the choose to set the defendants free, arguing that the EFCC has failed to determine a case in opposition to them.
However, the lead prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, made an oral software for the courtroom to permit him extra time to answer the no-case submission, insisting that the defendants have case to reply.
“My lord the first defendant (Jonah Jang) made a statement that he signed the money and made the approval.
“If the court set them free, how will the state recover its N6.32 billion? And these series of withdrawals happened during the 2015 general elections,” he stated.
The prosecution counsel additionally noticed that there was no choice by Plateau’s State Executive Council to grant Jang the approval as governor to borrow the cash, and as such, Jang, he stated acted arbitrarily in borrowing the cash.
He noticed that there was no approval from the National Economic Council (NEC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for Senator Jang to borrow the cash as governor.
“I, therefore, request the kind permission of my lord to halt the ruling and follow the law of the Supreme Court,” Jacob added.
The choose, thereafter, adjourned the matter till December 31 for ruling.