Justice Daniel Longji of the Plateau state high court, Jos, ruled on Tuesday that the ex-governor of the state (now a senator), Jonah Jang and a cashier in the office of the secretary to the state government, Yusuf Pam, have cases to answer in the corruption charges brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to the tune of N6.32 billion.
Jang thereby failed to convince the court to stop the trial.
The court had on November 18, 2019, given the Jang team 14 days to file its no-case submission on the matter, and for the prosecution to respond within 10 days of service. Ruling on the no-case submission was however deferred on December 23, 2019, due to late service of the notice by the defence on the prosecution.
Delivering his ruling Tuesday, Justice Longji said the defendants have a case to answer, particularly on the funds for small and medium enterprises given to the state by the Central Bank of Nigeria, and that of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) which were allegedly diverted by the defendants.