Two prosecution witnesses who had previously testified in the ongoing trial of former Plateau State Governor Senator Jonah Jang and were once again called back by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to appear in court, have all stated that they had never paid any money to the accused. personal account.
The witnesses, including a former accountant general of Plateau State, Mr. Sauka Boyi, were recalled in accordance with a court ruling.
Recall that the presiding judge, Judge Daniel Longji issued the order at the last hearing on the case after ruling on a new petition brought to the court by the anti-corruption agency aimed at amending the previous charges against the former governor of the charge. 12 to 17.
DAILY POST recalls that the former governor is on trial in the State High Court alongside a former cashier in the office of the Secretary of the State Government, Mr. Yusuf Pam, for alleged corruption and embezzlement of funds from the State amounting to 6.3 billion naira while he was governor between 2007 and 2015.
As the hearing of the case resumed in Jos, the former Accountant General of Plateau State, who was led into evidence by the former Governor’s Council, Edward Pwajok, SAN, testified on the N2bn CBN fund.
The fund was reportedly given as a loan by the CBN for the development of small and medium-sized enterprises in the state, but the EFCC claimed it was among more than 6 billion naira allegedly embezzled by the former governor.
According to the former accountant general in his testimony, no such money was paid into Jang’s personal account, pointing out that due process was followed by the then state finance commissioner Mr. Davou Mang, who he said wrote a letter to the governor. request to borrow said amount after it has been paid by the CBN into an account owned by the state government.
He added that the finance commissioner subsequently wrote another letter to Jang requesting his approval to use the loan fund for “classified approvals” in accordance with the approved state’s N 5.1 billion naira supplementary budget. for 2015, a request which he said was granted by the former governor.
Also testifying during his cross-examination, a former Jos branch manager of Zenith Bank, Mr. Uchenna Igwe, whose bank received the N2bn CBN fund on behalf of the Plateau State government, said that he had never received instructions from the former governor to transfer the fund. in his personal account.