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Published On: Tue, May 15th, 2018

N6.3bn fraud charge: Protests mar Jang’s arraignment

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From ado Abubakar Musa Jos

Following failed arraignment of former Governor of Plateau State, Jonah David Jang on a 12 count charge bordering on alleged corruption and misappropriation of N6.3 billion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), there was mass protests by youth said to be supporters of Jang.
It was gathered that, the youth who took to the streets described the development as a political witch hunt by the APC federal government.
A second group of youth said to be in support of the EFCC case also stormed the streets chanting and carrying placards that read; “Jang return our money” and “where is the N2b CBN/SME funds you collected?
Security personnel were seen everywhere to avoid a clash.
Joshua Adeyemi who led the pro-Jang protest accused President Muhammadu Buhari of intimidating the senator in an attempt to scuttle his presidential aspiration.
He said the petition against Jang was submitted to EFCC some years back and nothing was done but now that Jang has said he would contest for the presidency, they have dusted their files, this is simply witch hunt .
The pro EFCC group through MagajiSule also known as MagajinDariye on the other hand said all they ask for is that politicians and other groups in the state allow the EFCC to do its job adding that, “this is not about ethnicity or religion or politics, this is about our future as youths in Plateau state, so let the law take its cause.”
NanbonBitrus from the central zone said theythe youths were out to show their support forh the EFCC adding that it is only when political office holders are held accountable that any meaningful development can be achieved in the state.

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