Nigeria’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other-Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has withdrawn its charges against Jonah Jang, a former governor of Plateau state, explaining that it was to avoid abuse of court processes.
The Punch reports that Jang, who now represents Plateau-North district at the Senate, had been detained with a cashier, Yusuf Gyang Pam, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Abuja, after they were arrested over alleged misuse of funds.
The report said the EFCC put up 12 counts against Jang on alleged fraud, while the ICPC had also filed similar charges against him.
According to the report, the assistant director in ICPC, Adesina Raheem, on Wednesday, May 16, moved an application before Justice Daniel Longji of Plateau state high court in Jos for the withdrawal of the charges.
“My Lord, we got an information that EFCC has filed a criminal charge against the defendant. We had a discussion with the EFCC and it was resolved that we should withdraw our own charge to avoid abuse of court processes.
“I will humbly seek the leave of the court to withdraw the charge. That is my application,” Raheem prayed.
Justice Longji then reportedly struck out the charges.
“The prosecution has the right to withdraw the application, the case is hereby struck out,” the judge said.
Robert Clarke (SAN), counsel to Jang had earlier said: “The ICPC case has not ripened for hearing by this court. I am aware that you cannot maintain a charge by ICPC on the same charge in same court.
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“Let us see what happen, I have an inkling that they may withdraw the charges," he said.
In a separate report, Daily Trust confirmed that Jang was brought before the Jos high court by the EFCC amid very tight security.
According to the report, the former governor arrived the court at 9:28am in a 15-seater Toyota Hiace bus accompanied by officials of EFCC and the police over an alleged misappropriation of N6.3 billion shortly before he vacated office.
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