- There was serious tension between protest group over the arraignment of former governor Jonah David Jang on Monday, May 14
- Jang was accused of corruption and misappropriation of N6.3bn
- His case has been adjourned to Wednesday, May 16
Monday, May 14, in Jos was a day of protests due to a failed arraignment of Jonah David Jang, a former governor of Plateau state on a 12-count charge revolving around the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)'s accusation of corruption and misappropriation of N6.3bn
Daily Trust reported that just after Justice Daniel Longji of the state high court five fixed Wednesday, May 15, for proper arraignment and hearing for bail application, young loyalists to Jang, began serious protest against what they referred to as a “witch hunt” by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration, Daily Trust reports.
The youths carried placards that read: ‘Baba Jang is our hero, he didn’t steal a kobo’ and ‘Jang Forever’ as they chanted solidarity songs along CBN road.
In contrast to this, another group of youths also took over the streets with placards on which was written: “Jang return our money” and “where is the N2bn CBN/SME fund you collected?”
The leader of the pro-Jang protest, Joshua Adeyemi, remarked: “The petition against Jang was submitted to EFCC some years back and nothing was done but now that Jang has said he would contest for the presidency, they have dusted their files, this is simply witch hunt.”
On their part, the pro-EFCC group through Magaji Sule also known as Magajin Dariye said “This is not about ethnicity or religion or politics, this is about our future as youths in Plateau State, so let the law take its cause.”
Nanbon Bitrus said it is only when political office holders are held accountable that any meaningful development can be felt in the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) had said that Jang would soon be declared wanted by the commission for refusing to honour its invitation.
This was disclosed by the spokesperson of the commission, Rasheedat Okoduwa, in a statement on Thursday, March 22 in Abuja.
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