Senator Jonah Jang

A Plateau State High Court has remanded Senator Jonah Jang (PDP-Plateau North) pending ruling in a bail application over alleged corruption and misappropriation of funds.

The trial Judge, Justice D.D Longji, gave the order on Wednesday after listening to the arguments of both defences and prosecution counsels.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on Monday, May 7, arraigned Jang on a 12-count charge.

Jang, a former Plateau governor, is alleged to have misappropriated over N6 billion, two months to the end of his tenure  in 2015.

The lawmaker is also said to have allegedly embezzled over N4 billion from the state coffers through a cashier in the office of the Secretary to the State Government, one Yusuf Pam.

Joined as co-accused, is Pam, alleged to have personally enriched himself with N11 million.

The prosecutionn counsel said that the offences contravened Section 315 of the Penal Code.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The defence counsel, Robert Clarke, in a written application during the arraignment, prayed the court to grant his clients bail on self recognition as a two-time governor and a serving senator.

He said that if the bail was granted, his clients would be available at all times for trial.

But the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, urged the court to refuse the application.

He cited Section 341 (2) of the 1999 Constitution and argued that an offence which attracts an imprisonment of more than three years was not bail-able offence.

The judge acceded to the prosecuting counsel’s request and ordered the defendants to be remanded at the Jos prisons.

Justice Longji adjourned the case to May 24 for a decision to be taken.