The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other-Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has withdrawn the charges against a former governor of Plateau State, Senator David Jang, saying it is to avoid abuse of court process.
Senator Jang representing Plateau-North Senatorial District, and Mr Yusuf Gyang Pam who have been in custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC was arraigned today at a high court in Jos over alleged embezzlement of N6.3 billion.
During the court proceedings on Wednesday, the Assistant Director in ICPC, Adesina Raheem, filed an application for the withdrawal of the charges to Justice Daniel Longji of Plateau State High Court.
He said, “My Lord, we got an information that EFCC has filed a criminal charge against the defendant. We had a discussion with the EFCC and it was resolved that we should withdraw our own charge to avoid abuse of court processes. I will humbly seek the leave of the court to withdraw the charge. That is my application.”
The counsel to senator Jang, Robert Clark on Monday said that the case of the ICPC was not due for hearing and that the court cannot attend to the same charges from both EFCC and ICPC.
Clark said “The ICPC case has not ripened for hearing by this court. I am aware that you cannot maintain a charge by ICPC on the same charge in same court. Let us see what happen, I have an inkling that they may withdraw the charges.”
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