ICPC to declare Nigerian serving senator wanted over alleged N5.6bn fraud
Senator Jonah David jang, former governor of Plateau State, Nigeria
Abuja, March 22, 2018 (AltAfrika)-In Nigeria, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said it would be left with no other option than to declare the former governor of Plateau State, Mr. Jonah David Jang wanted for failure to report to the Commission to answer questions over allegations that he embezzled about N5.6 billion belonging to the state.
The Commission, according to its spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, has been on the trail of the former governor now a Senator, since October 2017, when it opened investigation into alleged corruption-related activities during his tenure.
Evidence before the Commission so far indicates that Senator Jang allegedly committed the offences in March 2015.
He allegedly received N2billion in cash illegally out of the money which was allocated to micro, small and medium enterprises, under the pretext of a loan to be spent on ‘classified expenditure’.
Jang again allegedly received N400 million illegally of funds meant for Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
He also allegedly caused a former commissioner of finance in the state to illegally transfer the sum of N3.2 billion of SUBEB funds to the project account of the ministry of finance.
Okoduwa said, several invitations sent to Senator Jang by the agency through the Senate President and the Clerk of the National Assembly to come and clear his name but had been ignored
She added that efforts to procure an arrest warrant from two different magistrate’s courts in the Federal Capital Territory have been futile as the Magistrates declined to sign them even after the sworn requisite affidavit had been presented by the Commission.
In the light of the foregoing, the Commission may have no other option than to declare the former governor wanted. She said.