Jang Appears In Court Again, Over Alleged Fraud

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By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC)’s Witness testifying in the ongoing trial involving the former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jonah David Jang and Yusuf Pam, a former cashier in the office of the secretary where Court was informed on how billions of Naira was withdrawn from a bank between January 2011 and May 2015 under his administration

Emmanuel Kpaja , a witness who is a staff of Zenith Bank PLC, disclosed that withdrawals were done by the second defendant in the case, who was a cashier in the office of the Secretary to Plateau State Government, Yusuf Pam on behalf of former Governor Jang.

He said that as a senior Assistant Manager with Zenith Bank branch at the time the fraudulent withdrawals were done, while giving evidence, the former cashier office of the Secretary to Government of Plateau State, withdrew the sum of 370 million Naira from the bank.

The EFCC’s witness speaking through admitted documents, exhibits 23 to 27 respectively, said on the March 27, 2015, the second accused, Mr. Pam, withdrew the sum 36.8 million Naira.

Led by prosecution counsel, the witness further said the sum of N10 million Naira was withdrawn 30 times, making the sum of 300 million, on May 25, 2015, by Mr. Pam.

According him, between January to May 2015, Mr. Pam had withdrawn the sums of; N7.5m, N3m, N165m, N25m, N60m, N160m, N550,142m, N974.168, and N260m, respectively.

Mr. Kpanja, added that the sum of N550m was withdrawn in eight trenches on March 16, 2015.

He admitted under cross examination by Chief Mike Ozhekome SAN.

Jang, who governed Plateau State between 2007 and 2015, is standing trial alongside Yusuf Pam, a former cashier in the office of the Secretary to the State Government.

A 17-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of public funds to the tune of N6.3billion was brought against them by the EFCC.

The case was reassigned to a new judge, Justice Christine Dabub following the retirement of Justice Longji in December 2019.

The development prompted a fresh trial and the EFCC which had earlier closed its case, started calling for another round of witnesses to testify in the case.

However, Justice Longji before his retirement, had in his ruling in December 2020 against the no case submission, entered by Jang, held that the former Governor had a case to answer.

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