(File) Former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang
The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, on Monday, February 24, 2020, re-arraigned the previous Plateau State governor, Senator, Jonah David Jang, and a former cashier within the Workplace Secretary to the State Authorities (OSSG), Yusuf Pam, earlier than Justice C. L. Dabup of Plateau State Excessive Court docket, Jos, on amended 17-count cost.
That is based on an announcement by Tony Orilade, a spokesperson to the EFCC.
The duo of Jang and Pam are being prosecuted by the EFCC for alleged felony breach of belief and misappropriation of Plateau State funds to the tune of N30,236,024,219.88 (Thirty Billion, Two Hundred and Thirty-six Million, Twenty-four Thousand, Two Hundred and Nineteen Naira, Eighty-eight kobo).
Earlier than in the present day’s resumption of trial, the matter had been earlier than Justice Longji, who earlier than continuing on retirement on December 31, 2019, had struck out the no-case submission of the defendants, significantly on the funds for Small and Medium Enterprises, given to the state by the Central Financial institution of Nigeria CBN, and that of the State Common Fundamental Training Board (SUBEB), which have been allegedly diverted by the defendants.
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One of many fees reads: “That you Senator Jonah David Jang, whilst being the governor of Plateau State and Yusuf Gyang Pam, whilst being a cashier at the Office of the Secretary to the Plateau State Government, between January and May, 2015 in Jos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, dishonestly misappropriated certain property, to wit an aggregate sum of N4, 357, 195, 000 (Four Billion, Three Hundred and Fifty-seven Million, One Hundred and Ninety-five Thousand Naira), belonging to Plateau State Government and you thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 309 of the Penal Code Law of Northern Nigeria, applicable to Plateau State”.
The defendants pleaded not responsible to the costs and following their plea, prosecution counsel, O. A. Atolabi, requested for a trial date.
Nevertheless, the defence counsels for each defendants E.G Phajok, (SAN), and S.G Ode, utilized for oral bail software and requested the courtroom to toe the road of the bail earlier granted to the defendants by Justice Longji.
Justice Dabup granted the defendants bail on the earlier phrases they loved from Justice Longji, and requested the remaining three sureties to file their affidavits to point out that they’re nonetheless keen to proceed to be their sureties.
The method, the choose stated have to be performed inside three days. He adjourned the matter until Might 26, 27, and 28, 2020, for trial.