Alleged N6.3b fraud: Court fixes date for Senator Jang's arraignment

Posted by Musa Pam, Jos | 14 May 2018 | 988 times

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•Senator David Jang

A Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos on Monday has fixed May 16, for the arraignment of Senator David Jang who is being detained by the EFCC for misappropriation of funds.

New Telegraph reports that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on Monday, May 7, preferred a 12 count charge bordering on alleged corruption and misappropriation on Jang.

Sen. Jang who currently represents Plateau North Senatorial District is alleged to have misappropriated over N6 billion two months to the end of his tenure as governor of Plateau State in 2015.

According to the charges, Jang is also said to have embezzled over N4 billion from the state coffers through a cashier in the office of the Secretary to the State Government, one Yusuf Pam, who is also charged along with Jang for also personally enriching himself with N11 million.

At the hearing, the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacob (SAN) representing the EFCC, moved an experte application, to prefer the charge to the court.

Jacob said that the case was listed for an experte application for leave and not arraignment, he further prayed the court to give them two days to produce the accused persons before the court for proper arraignment.

Counsel representing Sen. Jang, Robert Clarke (SAN) while responding, expressed shock that his client has been behind bars since May 7, without bail and proper arraignment.

Clarke added that the arraignment should have been done owing that his client had been served with papers and the court served with same.

The judge, Justice D.D Longji, in his ruling, said that what the prosecuting counsel did was right, as the matter was not ready for arraignment.

Longji said that the matter was for an experte application to prefer the charges before the court adding that he had to acknowledge the matter before arraignment.

Text (excluding headline) sourced from New Telegraph)

Source: News Express

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