Justice Christy Dabup has discharged and acquitted a former Plateau Governor Senator Jonah Jang and former cashier to the Office of Secretary to Plateau State Government Yusuf Pam of alleged N6.2bn preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Justice Dabup ruled the EFCC can’t proof the case of misappropriation, diversion and public funds against the accused.
The court quashed all the 17-count charge levelled against the former Governor and the former cashier, declaring the case lacks merit while acquitting the suspects of the charges .
It said it can’t secure any conviction brought by the prosecution under section 135 subsection 1&2 of 2011 which is in line with the 1999 Constitution amended.
The court said it didn’t find substantive proof of evidence showing that the accused personally siphon or divert such monies.
The defendants counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and S. Oyewole applauded the court the delivery of judgment the evidence of the EFCC the court can’t proof to them and the court is been mindful of the charges .
The anti-graft agency first arraigned Jang, who was the governor between 2007 and 2015 alongside a former cashier in the Office of the Secretary to the state government, Yusuf Pam, in March, 2018.
They were first arraigned before Justice Daniel Longji on a 17 -count charge for alleged misappropriation of N6.3bn belonging to the state government.
After hearing the matter for about two years, Justice Longji retired in 2019 stalling further hearing on the case.
However, the case started afresh in 2020 after the state Chief Judge assigned it to a new judge, Justice Christy Dabup.
Since then, the case had continued until the last hearing date on July 14, 2022 during which the prosecution counsel led by Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, and the defense counsel led Mike Ozekhome, SAN, adopted their final written addresses.