BREAKING: Alleged fraud: ICPC withdraws charges against Jang

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  • May 16, 2018 - 11:31 a.m.


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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other-Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has withdrawn alleged fraud charges filed against a former governor of Plateau State, Senator Jonah David Jang. 

The ICPC on Wednesday said it was to avoid abuse of court processes.

Recall that Jang and a cashier, Yusuf Gyang Pam, had been in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC in Abuja, following their arrest over alleged misuse of funds.

The anti-graft agency had slammed Jang, a Senator representing Plateau-North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, with a 12 count charge on alleged fraud, while the ICPC also filed a similar charge against him.

But the Assistant Director in ICPC, Adesina Raheem, on Wednesday, moved an application before Justice Daniel Longji of Plateau State High Court in Jos, for the charges to be withdrawn.

He said, “My Lord, we got an information that EFCC has filed a criminal charge against the defendant. We had a discussion with the EFCC and it was resolved that we should withdraw our own charge to avoid abuse of court processes.

"I will humbly seek the leave of the court to withdraw the charge. That is my application."

Justice Longji, in his ruling, struck out the charges, saying “the prosecution has the right to withdraw the application, the case is hereby struck out.”

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