A judgment date of September 2, 2022 has been set by the Plateau State High Court in Jos in a case brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission against Jonah Jang, a former governor of Plateau State, for an alleged N6.3 billion fraud.
The development was revealed to The PUNCH in Jos on Wednesday by Sunday Odey, a member of the former military officer’s defense team.
Odey stated: “We have confirmation from the court that Justice Christy Dabup has fixed Friday, September 2, 2022 for judgment in the case.
“We don’t have problem with the date because it is the prerogative of the judge to give a date to deliver her judgment whenever Her Lordship finishes writing her judgment.
“The lawyers and anyone else don’t have any role to play again after their final addresses which we have done. So, everything regarding the case is now in the hands of the judge and God.”
According to The PUNCH, Jang, who served as governor from 2007 to 2015, and Yusuf Pam, a former cashier in the Plateau State Government’s Office of the Secretary, were initially charged with corruption in March 2018.
They were first charged with 17 counts of suspected embezzlement of N6.3 billion belonging to the state government before Justice Daniel Longji.
Justice Longji retired in 2019 after adjudicating the case for roughly two years, postponing further proceedings.
However, the case was reopened in 2020 when Justice Dabup, a new judge, was appointed to handle it by the state’s chief judge.
Since that time, the case has gone on until the final hearing on July 14, 2022, at which the defense and prosecution attorneys, led by Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) and Mike Ozekhome (SAN), respectively, adopted their final written addresses.