A Jos High Court today remanded former Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang in Prison.

Jang, a serving Senator representing Plateau North Senatorial Zone in the Senate was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) along with a government cashier, Yusuf Gyang Pam over corruption charges.

Jang was remanded by the Justice Daniel Longji court after the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Crimes Commission dropped its charges against him to avoid "duplication" of charges.

What happened at the court?

Brought in a white Toyota Haice bus and surrounded by EFCC and police operatives, Jang wore a plain white flowing “baban riga”, and cheerfully acknowledged his supporters and well-wishers as they cheered him along.

He arrived the court premises at 9:30am on Wednesday .

Our correspondent reports that Jonah Jang and Yusuf Gyang Pam pleaded not guilty to all the 12 count charge level against them. 

The  charges are on misappropriation, diversion, criminal breach of trust and dishonesty running in billions of Naira.

Lead counsel to Jonah Jang and Yusuf  Pam, Robert Clarke SAN   moved two applications for the bail of the duo on self recognition. 

In a counter affidavit opposing  the application for bail , the lead prosecutor Rotimi Jacobs submitted that not only because of the enormity of the crimes, granting them bail will lead to the intimidation of the prosecuting witnesses.

At approximately 10:30am at the hearing at the Jos High Court, the application was accepted for hearing by the presiding judge, Justice Daniel Longji.

Subsequently, the charges of misappropriation  were read to Senator Jonah Jang and chief cashier Mr Yusuf Pam by the prosecution team (led Rotimi Jacobs) but both pled not guilty to all 12 count charges levelled against them.

Lead counsel to Senator Jonah Jang and Yusuf Pam (Robert Clarke), filed two applications for bail on the premise of self-recognition, but the lead prosecuting counsel (Rotimi Jacobs), argued against bail, saying there was the risk of witness intimidation if bail is granted.

In the end, the bail application was adjourned  and Senator Jang was  remanded in Prison custody  until 24th of May when the case would come up for hearing .