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Court orders plateau ex-gov, Jang to be remanded in prison custody

Court orders plateau ex-gov, Jang to be remanded in prison custody

Justice Daniel Longji of the High Court 5 sitting in Jos on Wednesday ordered that a former governor of Plateau State and now senator, David Jang should be remanded in prison custody.

He is to remain there until the ruling on his bail application which has been adjourned to Thursday May 24, 2018.

He was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) 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 into N6.3 billion.

It would be recalled that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other-Related Offences Commission (ICPC) had withdrawn the charges against the former governor and his co-accused saying it is to avoid abuse of court process.

Read also: ICPC sets ex-Gov Jang free 

Jang representing Plateau-North Senatorial District, and Mr Pam who have been in custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC were at the same court, before the same judge by the ICPC.

During the court proceedings on Wednesday, the Assistant Director in ICPC, Adesina Raheem, filed an application for the withdrawal of the charges before Justice Daniel Longji of Plateau State High Court.

Taking their pleas, when they were arraigned by the EFCC, 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.

 

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