By; BUHARI BUKAR BELLO, Jos
The trial of the former Governor of Plateau State on amended charges on money laundering coined “Approval and Transfer “has taken dramatic turn as the witness to the Efcc has exonerated the Senator of the 8th Assembly.
He said the executive meeting where the sum of 220 billion Naira SME fund was signed, Senator Jang was not in attendance but signed on behalf of Plateau State by then Deputy Governor of the state, Ignatius Lonjan, while the then governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Emefele signed for the apex Bank.
Naman Jonah who is witness PW9 was invited to testify by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the on going trial of the former governor on Monday, 18th Nov, 2019 at the Plateau High Court sitting in Jos, the plateau state capital.
Naman jonah who held sway as member of the executive meetings throughout the tenure of Jang and part of this present administration of Simon Bako Lalong, said he took the proceedings of the meeting.
In cross examination by the counsel to David Jonah Jang, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) PW9 said the supplementary budget 2015 of the state was sent to the state House of Assembly according to law which was passed and accented to by the governor which makes it a legal document.
On whether the governor needs to go back to the state law makers to ask for clarification before salaries are paid, the witness said he didn’t know about that.
It would be recalled that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission moved application to amend charges against the embattled Senator over money laundering.
The new amended charges they come up with among other charges “Approval and Transfer ” which the counsel to the 1st respondent argued is alien in law but the application was however granted by Justice Daniel longji.
The 1st and 2nd respondent in swift reaction also moved application for the EFCC to produce all the witnesses earlier cross examined by the 1st an 2nd respondent be made available for re-cross examination.
After argument and counter argument, the judge weighed into the matter by streamlining the re-cross examination only on the area amended by the financial body.
The case has been adjourned to 17th December, 2019 in which the 1st and 2nd respondents will file their respective no case submission .