Breaking: Court Grants Ex-Plateau Governor Jonah Jang Bail
Former Plateau Governor, Jonah Jang has been granted bail today by Jos High Court alongside Yusuf Pam Bail.
The ruling judge, Justice Daniel Longji granted the former governor on the following conditions; two sureties in the sum of N100million each.
One of the sureties must be a First Class traditional ruler within the jurisdiction.
Deposit of international passport.
While the second accused is to produce two sureties with N50million each, one of the sureties must be a Permanent Secretary or anyone within the rank as well as submission of International Passport.
The Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos Division has granted bail to former Governor, Jonah David Jang with sum the N100 million each for the two sureties, which one must a Traditional ruler based in his own jurisdiction and also the second accused person, Mr. Yusuf Pam granted bail with the sum of N50 million each one should be a permanent secretary currently serving in the state civil service.
Justice ,Daniel Longji of the High Court 5 ,while ruling on the applications brought before the honourable court by the defense counsel ,he granted the applications and adjourned the case to 17th ,18th and 19th July, 2018 for indefinite hearing into the originating surmount.
He granted the two accused persons bail on self-recognition but said the court need to deliver them in the hands of sureties for them to remain in their custody whenever they fail to appear, their sureties can produce them.
However, the judicial interpretation shows that court can deliver use their hands to exercise discretion stressing that he cannot take side to the case and nobody can influence his decision in this matter, he said .
Justice Longji explained further that the two separate applications filed and moved by the defense counsel, Robert Clarke SAN, was adopted by the court under the criminal code section 34,119,314 and 5 of 1999 constitution in case Bolade Vs State which is referenced to alleged breach of trust and misappropriation of public funds entrusted into the hands of the two accused persons.
He said; “In support of the affidavits available before this honourably court ,he will consider the ground of the offense and conditions attached to the prayers and punishment which is 14 years jail term , court exercise discretion to grant the him bail.
Justice Daniel Longji said the prosecution counsel; Rotimi Jacobs earlier argued that the first accused person was one time a military sole administrator, Former Governor and a current serving Senator of the federal republic of Nigeria so granting him bail can temper with the road to justice.
He noted the offense read before the accused persons were serious offense capable of influencing the judicial proceedings,but the two accused Sen. Jonah David Jang has proved to the Court that he is a man of integrity because the EFCC ,commenced investigation into the matter since ,January, 2018 of which the former governor always obligeto their invitation without refusing them.
In his ruling ,Longji says ,the prosecution counsel ,Rotimi Jacobs cited the case of Ishaya Bamaiyi Vs FRN as backup to his point whether to grant the first accused and second accused and ,Asari Dokubo Vs FRN of the accused likelihood of tempering or influencing the cause of justice if released when the applications was carefully studied.
Justice Longji disclosed that the evidence available before this honourably court is weighty enough for a 14 years jail term to nail the two accused to prison with the interpretation of evidence act.
The first accused person, Jang has confirmed to the honourably court that he is not going to influence the process of justice and can’t temper with the judicial proceedings.
He ruled that the ideas of alleged fear of the former governor jumping bail or fear of the accused committing the alleged crime remain speculation by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs who was represented in court by O.A.Otolagbe Esq at theThursday sitting.