- The EFCC is set to arraign former governor of Plateau state, Jonah Jang
- Jang has been served a trial notice by the anti-graft agency
- He would be facing a 12 count charge over an alleged N6.3 billion fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday, May 7, served the former governor of Plateau state, Jonah Jang, a trial notice to notify him of his impending trial over an alleged fraud of N6.3 billion.
Jang allegedly embezzled some special funds released to the state by the Central Bank of Nigeria during his tenure as governor, according to a fact sheet obtained by The Nation.
The fact-sheet read: “In one of the counts, the former governor, among other things, allegedly pocketed N2 billion released by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for disbursement to small and medium enterprises in the state under the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Funds (MSMEDF) just a month before the expiration of his tenure in April 2015.
“Jang was also said to have abused his office as the governor by collecting money to the tune of N4.3 billion from the state coffers through the cashier of the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Yusuf Gyang Pam.
"Pam, who is also being charged along with Jang, allegedly embezzled N11.5 million. The charge has been served on the former governor on Monday but no date has been fixed yet for arraignment.”
Jang is already being investigated over an alleged N5.6 billion fraud while in office by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
The ICPC fact-sheet stated that: “Evidence before the commission so far indicates that Senator Jang allegedly committed the offences in March 2015.
“He allegedly received N2 billion in cash illegally out of the money which was allocated to micro, small and medium enterprises, under the pretext of a loan to be spent on ‘classified expenditure’.
“Jang again allegedly received N400 million illegally of funds meant for Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
“He also allegedly caused a former commissioner of finance in the state to illegally transfer the sum of N3.2 billion of SUBEB funds to the project account of the Ministry of Finance.”
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that Nanle Dariye, son of former Plateau governor, Senator Joshua Dariye, was on Tuesday, April 10, re-arraigned before the Abuja division of the Federal High Court by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Nanle is being arraigned on a six-count amended charge of money laundering to the tune of about N1.5 billion. Dariye who was re-arraigned before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu at the Federal High Court, Abuja, entered a “not guilty” plea to all six-counts.
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