Plateau: two Ex Governors under probe, 2.7 billion return


By; Buhari B. Bello, Jos.
Two former Governors of Plateau State are currently alleged to be before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to answer for alleged N223.2billion stollen from the state.
Investigations by New Nigerian Newspapers revealed that while former Governor Joshua Dariye is accused of siphoning N1.2 billion, Jonah David Jang is accused of looting N222billion within their respective tenures.
Jang was recently invited by the EFCC and finding showed that Dariye is already arraigned by the EFCC over the sum ecological funds.
Governor Simon Bako Lalong have said “the fact that you are not hearing so much in that line does not mean that we are not fighting corruption on the Plateau.
“We have sent in several cases to the EFCC and ICPC, the State Accountant General just came back today from the EFCC, which had invited him to come and give evidences about some investigations that are going on”.
According to him, the state have a lot of investigations going on “and we have had a lot of arrests, many of them from the past administration, who are on administrative bail“.
He disclosed that at the appropriate time, the EFCC will prosecute them adding that the government had  formed a transition committee which came out to tell  Plateau people about their findings.
“We have also commissioned a reputable accounting firm, KPMG, to help in auditing the accounts of the state. At the appropriate time when the results are out, you will see the outcome” he assured.
Lalong revealed that his government recovered about 2.7 billion naira that was regarded as lost.
“We traced and recovered the money, which was meant for teachers. Teachers, civil servants, the judiciary had gone on several months of strike, some nine, some 11 but now, since I came on board, we did our best“.
The  Former Governors are both serving as Senators at the National Assembly  in Abuja.


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