Jonah Jang, Former Plateau State Governor

How ex-Plateau governor Jang, SSG illegally withdrew N1.9bn in 5 months, by EFCC witness

NEWS DIGEST – A witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Emmanuel Kpanja, has on Wednesday told the Plateau State High Court how former Governor Jonah Jang, withdrew the sum of N1.9 billion within five months.

The witness, who was the Senior Assistant Manager at Zenith Bank, Bukuru branch, given evidence before Justice Christine Dabup on Wednesday.

According to him, on March 26, 2015, Mr Jang, through a former cashier at the office of the Secretary to State Government, Yusuf Gyang Pam withdrew the sum of N370 million from the bank.

Messrs Jang and Gyang-Pam are standing trial on 17 count charge bothering on alleged misappropriation of public funds, money laundering, and breach public trust to the tune of N6.3billion.

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, the EFCC’s witness, speaking through admitted documents, exhibits 23 to 27 respectively, said on March 27, 2015, the second accused person, Mr Gyang-Pam, withdrew the sum N36.8 Million.

The witness, led by Prosecution counsel, A.O.Atolabge, further said that on May 25, 2015, Mr Gyang-Pam withdrew the sum of N10 million in 30 trenches, making the sum of N300 million.

He further said that between January to May 2015, Mr Gyang-Pam had withdrawn the sums of N7.5m, N3m, N165m, N25m, N60m, N160m,142m, N974.168, and N260m, respectively.

Mr Kpanja added that the sum of N550m were also withdrawn by Mr Gyang-Pam in 8 trenches on March 16, 2015.

Justice Christine Dabup adjourned the matter to Thursday for continuation of hearing.