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[Breaking] ICPC to declare Jang wanted for alleged N5.6 billion fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has indicated plans to declare Sen. Jonah Jang, an Ex-Governor of Plateau State, wanted for deliberately failing to honour its invitations.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has indicated plans to declare Sen. Jonah Jang, an Ex-Governor of Plateau State, wanted for deliberately failing to honour its invitations.

The anti-graft agency made this known to newsmen in Abuja through a statement issued by its spokesperson, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa on Thursday.

The statement alleged that Senator Jang had consistently evaded invitations to appear before the agency’s team investigating the allegation of fraud involving about N5.6 billion and that they had been on his trail since October, 2017.

“Evidence before the ICPC so far indicates that Sen. Jang allegedly committed the offences in March, 2015.

“He allegedly 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’.’’

She alleged that the former governor also illegally received N400 million of funds meant for Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

She added that Jang also allegedly caused 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.

“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.

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

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