Senator Jonah Jang, representing Plateau North Senatorial Zone in the Senate was today arraigned before Justice Daniel Longji of the Jos High Court. Jonah Jang being the first day of Senator Jonah Jang’s arraignment by the EFCC and the ICPC.
He arrived at the court premises at 9:30 am this morning and the court proceedings are currently in session.
Many of the senator’s supporters who were at the court, posited that his trial is simply a political witch-hunt and that they will use his trial as a rallying point for defiance against Government impunity.
A mild drama ensued between the supporters of APC and PDP as the trial of the former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jonah Jang with the APC supporters displaying placards with messages such as bring back our money and the PDP angle also calling on the exiting of the incumbent Governor. Saying corruption can’t fight corruption.
However, at the commencement of the hearing presided over by Justice Daniel of the Jos High Court, the ICPC was said to have dropped all their charges – however, EFCC held the fort.
When the charges were read to Senator Jonah Jang and Yusuf Pam (ex-Cashier of PLSG) by the lead prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs – SAN, they both pled “not guilty”.
This led to bail discussion, where the Senator’s counsel Robert Clarke argued that bail is given on the basis of self-recognition, but this was countered by the prosecuting counsel.
Justice Longji, therefore, adjourned the hearing and deferred be bail consideration until next Wednesday. The next hearing has been provisionally fixed for next week when the bail shall again be considered