- Senator Jonah Jang has said his being in prison is a great lesson in humility and nobody should take glory in sending him there
- He said he had the privilege of sleeping in the same bed former president Obasanjo slept in at the Jos prison
- In response, Plateau state governor, Simon Bako Lalong, reminded his predecessor that he once spent time in Jos prison too
Governor Simon Lalong yesterday, Thursday, May 24, reminded his predecessor Senator Jonah Jang that he was also a onetime visitor at the Jos prison and had spent 40 days and nights in the facility.
Lalong stated this in Jos while addressing over 200 clergymen at the opening ceremony of the 94th General Church Council of Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), shortly after a speech by Jang was read by his former commissioner of information, Pastor Abraham Yiljap.
Jang, who represents Plateau North in the Senate, had in a goodwill message to the church said his being remanded in prison was a divine intervention and stated that nobody should boast of sending him to prison.
The message read by Yiljap stated that: “For me being in prison is a great lesson in humility. When I was at the EFCC office in Abuja, I slept on the floor, but here in the prison I have the privilege of sleeping in the same bed that former President Olusegun Obasanjo slept in at the Jos prison.”
However, while addressing the church, Lalong veered off his speech to reply Jang by saying “before I became the governor of Plateau state, as a Speaker of the State House of Assembly I also spent 40 days in prison. While there, I received a lot of revelations and I was ready to face the allegations against me and at the end of the day, I was cleared.
“Now as a governor, I know that when I vacate office there will be a time for me to account for my stewardship. But when somebody refused to humble himself to accept his imperfection, then the law takes over."
Jang, who was remanded in prison by Justice Daniel Longji over a 12 count charge of alleged corruption and misappropriation of N6.3 billion as governor, is expected in court on Friday, May 25, for ruling on his bail application.
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Senator Jang recently, reportedly paid off the outstanding electricity bills of Jos prison where he has been locked up since Wednesday, May 16.
He was remanded in prison after his arraignment at Plateau state high court last week Wby the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
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