Jos High Court Acquits Former Governor Jonah Jang Of N6.3bn Corruption Charge

A Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos on Friday discharged and acquitted a former Governor of the state, Jonah Jang over the N6.3 billion corruption charges filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The court presided over by Justice Christy Dabup also discharged and acquitted a former cashier in the office of the Secretary to the Plateau state government, Yusuf Pam, who was charged alongside the former governor of Plateau State.

Recall that on the 4th of May 2018, the EFCC had arraigned Jang and Pam were arraigned before a Jos High Court on a 17-count charge bordering on alleged corruption and misappropriation of N6.3 billion belonging to Plateau State.

Justice Christy Dabup, who delivered the judgement, discharged and acquitted the first defendant (Jang) of the 17 counts charge of the criminal misappropriation of state funds.

“The second defendant (Pam) has also been discharged and acquitted of the allegations meted against him,” Justice Dabup said.

Dabup also said the prosecution lacked evidence to prove the allegations of embezzlement and misappropriation of the N2 billion MSMEs funds and N4.3 billion SUBEB fund.

Reacting to the judgement, Counsel to the defendants, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), said, “the court found Sen. Jonah David Jang innocent of all the 17 count charges labeled against him by the EFCC.

“Why was this man being prosecuted?

“But today justice has been delivered, justice has been served and the innocent have been vindicated.”

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