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Court acquits former plateau governor of N6.3bn fraud

former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang: Photo by Punch

A Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos on Friday has discharged and acquitted a former Governor of the State, Jonah Jang, over the N6.3 billion corruption charges leveled against him.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC had dragged the two-term governor to a Plateau State High Court over fraud charges.

The court also discharged and acquitted a former cashier in the office of the Secretary to the Plateau state government, Yusuf Pam, who was accused alongside the former governor. The duo has been standing trial since May 4, 2018.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Christen Dabup who delivered the judgment, said that the court did not find Jang and Pam guilty of any of the charges.

“The court did not find the accused persons guilty of any of the charges and they are hereby discharged and acquitted,” she said.

In a swift reaction, Defense Counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), said that the court found no merit whatsoever in any of the 17-count charges.

According to him, there was evidence that the money was duly utilized by all the heads of government validated by the Plateau State House of Assembly under an enabling and extant law.

EFCC Counsel, Mr. Oluwaleke Atolagbe said the judgment would be reviewed as soon as a written copy is received to ascertain whether there were grounds for appeal.

Writing by Annabel Nwachuwu