ICPC to declare Jang wanted over alleged N5.6bn fraud

ICPC to declare Jang wanted over alleged N5.6bn fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) may declare former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jonah Jang, wanted.

He is being probed over alleged fraud involving N5.6 billion.

According to the ICPC in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, on Thursday, the senator had refused to honour its invitations since last year.

The statement reads:  “ICPC has sent several invitations to Jang through both the Senate President and the Clerk of the National Assembly to come and clear his name but he has refused to honour the invitations.

“Also, efforts to procure an arrest warrant from two different Magistrates’ Courts in the Federal Capital Territory have been futile.

“The magistrates declined to sign them even after the requisite sworn affidavit had been presented by the Commission.

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“In the light of the foregoing, the Commission may have no other option than to declare the former governor wanted.’’

The commission said the evidence before the ICPC so far indicated that Jang allegedly committed the offences in March, 2015.

He was said to have received N2 billion in cash illegally out of the money which was allocated to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), under the pretext of a loan to be spent on classified expenditure.

He was said to have also illegally received N400 million of funds meant for Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

In another instance, Jang was accused of causing a former Commissioner for Finance in the state to illegally transfer N3.2 billion of SUBEB funds to the project account of the Ministry of Finance.

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