ICPC Struck Out Corruption Charges Against Ex-Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang
Alleged misuse of public funds among others corrupt charges filed against Jonah Jang, a former governor of Plateau state, by Nigeria’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other-Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has been drop by the agency.
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The agency on Wednesday, May 16 explained that the resolution was to avoid abuse of court processes.
NIGERIA NEWS notes that Jang with a cashier, Yusuf Gyang Pam, who was arrested for misappropriation of public funds had been detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Abuja.
The report said the EFCC put up 12 counts against Jang representing Plateau-North senatorial district at the Senate 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 the same court.
“Let us see what happen, I have an inkling that they may withdraw the charges.”
Meanwhile, NIGERIA NEWS had reported that over 7, 000 people defected from APC to Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in Plateau state.