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The EFCC has closed the case against ex-plateau governor Jang for alleged N6.3 billion fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has concluded its investigation into Jonah Jang, the former governor of Plateau State.
Yusuf Pam, a former cashier in the Office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), is also facing charges.

The matter is being heard by Justice C. L. Dabup of the Plateau State High Court in Jos.

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Jang and Pam are being investigated for alleged criminal breach of trust and misuse of N6.3 billion in public monies.

The EFCC called fourteen witnesses and offered a number of exhibits.

The EFCC had introduced Taiwo Oloronyomi, its fourteenth witness (PW14), at the previous session.

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Oloronyomi works at the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission as a Chief Superintendent (ICPC).

Pam’s lawyer, S. Olawale, objected during the presentation of his evidence, claiming that his client’s statement to the ICPC was not voluntary.

Hajiya Fatima Mohammed of the commission, according to Olawale, subjected his client to physical and psychological abuse.

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However, Justice Dabup acknowledged Pam’s declaration to the ICPC on November 17, 2016.

It detailed the withdrawal of funds to Jang via cheques authorised by the SSG’s Permanent Secretary.

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The judge, on the other hand, dismissed Pam’s statement from November 23, 2016, claiming that the obligatory cautionary phrase was not taken before she wrote it.

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The defendants were supposed to begin their defense today, but Jang’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), and Olawale told the court that they would not.

“If we don’t have any proof, the prosecution has 14 days to address the court, ten days for the defense to respond, and another five days for the prosecution to respond on a point of law,” adds the prosecutor.

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Ozekhome remarked.

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The case was adjourned until July 1, 2022, for the approval of final written addresses.

 

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