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#BREAKING: Court Frees Former Plateau Governor, Jonah Jang Of N6.3bn Fraud Allegation

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A Jos High Court has discharged and acquitted a former Governor of Plateau State, Sen. Jonah Jang, of alleged misappropriation of the sum of N6.3 billion belonging to the state.

The court on Friday, September 2, 2022, also discharged a former cashier in the office of the Secretary to the Plateau State Government, Mr Yusuf Pam.

Recall, Jang and Pan were first arraigned in June 2018 by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on a 17-count charge bordering on misappropriation of funds, criminal breach of trust, and corrupt advantages.

The anti-graft agency alleged that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 315, 309, 19, and 22(5) of the Penal Code Law and Corrupt Practices Act 2004, (as amended).

Jang and Pam had however denied the allegations.

This development is coming days after former Governors of Plateau and Taraba states, Senator Joshua Dariye, and Jolly Nyame who were jailed for multi-billion naira loot were released from Kuje correctional facility in Abuja.

This was three months after they had been pardoned by the Council of State led by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, on April 14, 2022.

Also released were three other inmates from Suleja Custodial Centre in Niger State.

Nyame was to serve a 12-year jail sentence for diverting N1.64 billion during his tenure as governor of Taraba, while Dariye was serving 10 years’ imprisonment for N1.126 billion fraud.

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