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EX-GOVERNOR JONAH JANG REMANDED IN PRISON

Former Governor of Plateau State Jonah Jang has been ordered to be remanded in prison custody following his arraignment on 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.

The High Court gave the order after it denied an application by Jang’s counsel, Robert Clarks, for his bail following his arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday.

Penpushing further reports that, Jang,a serving Senator representing Plateau North District and former Cashier in the office of the Secretary to the State Government, Yusuf Pam were alleged to have committed the offence while Jang was Governor of the state.

After pleading not guilty to the charges; their counsel, Mr Clarks, applied for their bail, but prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, opposed the application, arguing that the accused, particularly Jang, has tough credentials as a three-time Governor, former Nigerian Military General and serving Senator, and may therefore intimidate prosecution witnesses if given bail.

Penpushing reports further that, the prosecution counsel pointed out that granting them bail will not be in the best interest of justice.

The trial judge, Daniel Longji, thereafter ruled that the accused persons be remanded at the Jos Prisons till the next sitting of the court on Thursday May 24.

Penpushing also reports that, he court had earlier struck out charges filed by the Independent Corruption Practice and other related offensive Commission (ICPC) against Jang. This was after counsel to ICPC, Adeshina Raheem, told the court that the commission was withdrawing its case to avoid duplication of charges against the former governor.

The accused and former Governor has been in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) since Monday last week.

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