Jos Jubilates As Court Grants Jonah Jang N100m Bail
A Jos High Court has granted former Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang bail alongside Yusuf Gyang Pan, his fellow accused person, in the sum of 200-million Naira.
The former governor and a cashier in the office of the Secretary to the Plateau State Government were arraigned by the EFCC on a 12-count charge of misappropriation as well as the diversion of state funds.
The former governor and his co-accused had pleaded not guilty to the charges when the case came up for first hearing, but the accused and his co-accused were remanded in prison custody pending the determination of their bail application.
While ruling on the bail application, Justice Daniel Longji, in exercising his jurisdiction, granted bail in favour of the former governor with two sureties in the sum of 100-million Naira each.
One of the sureties must be a first class traditional ruler and he is expected to surrender his international passport.
The second accused person was granted bail with two sureties in the sum of 50-million Naira each.
Counsel to the former governor, Robert Clarke (SAN), while accepting the decision of the court, described the bail condition as the strictest he has seen in recent times.
A mild drama however ensued in the court when supporters of the former governor prevented prison officials from taking the former governor back into prison custody while trying to meet his bail conditions.
Shortly after the news of the meeting of the bail conditions got to the former governor’s supporters, the city was thrown into a frenzy and a carnival-like atmosphere as supporters sang songs and carried celebratory placards.
The trial of the case has been fixed for the 17th, 18th and 19th of July 2018.