Money Laundering: EFCC Witness Exonerates Senator Jonah Jang On Alleged Approval, Transfer Of SME Funds

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Jang being escorted by EFCC officials.

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 .

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