Reprieve for Jang as court grants him bail

The former governor of Plateau State and Senator representing Plateau North in the National Assembly, Jonah Jang was on Thursday granted bail by Plateau High Court.

Justice Daniel Longji in his ruling on the former governor’s bail application, dismissed prosecution’s submission that Jang would jump bail and interfere with investigations, describing it as mere speculation and without proof.

He subsequently admitted Jang to N100 million bail and two sureties in like sum.

The Judge also granted bail to Pam Yusuf, a cashier in the office of the Secretary to the State Government, standing trial alongside Jang, in the sum of N50 million and two sureties in like sum.

The judge said that in Jang’s case, one of the sureties must be a first class traditional ruler and the second a civil servant of not less than GL 17, and both must reside within the jurisdiction of the court.

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He ordered that in Yusuf’s case, one of the sureties must be a permanent secretary with the state government, adding that the two must also submit their international passports to the court.

He adjourned the matter until July 17, July 18 and July 19 for definite and accelerated hearing.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on Monday, May 7, preferred a 12-count charge bordering on alleged corruption and misappropriation on Jang.

The anti graft agency alleged that Jang misappropriated over N6 billion, two months to the end of his tenure as governor of Plateau in 2015.

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