EFCC Tenders Additional Proof Of Evidences Against Former Governor Jang, Ex-Cashier Of Plateau Government House

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Yakubu Busari

 

The Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos on Wednesday admitted additional proof of evidence from Zenith Bank of Nigeria, as the prosecution counsel, Barr. Rotimi Jacobs brought more bank statements of account with details of the transaction by the former cashier of Secretary to the State Government.

 

While ruling on the application presented before the honourable court by the prosecution counsel, Justice Daniel Longji ruled in favour of the prosecution counsel Rotimi Jacobs.

 

The witness who is PW3, Mr. Emmanuel Anjang the relationship /marketing manager was asked to testify on the bank statements of account where the first accused person’s defense counsel, Barr .Mike Ozekhome vehemently rejected why such documents should not be added as evidence in court.

 

He the defendant counsel told the court that the said documents were a computer-generated evidence, so it shouldn’t be tender as evidence.

 

Longji ruled that not only the maker of the documents should be allowed to answer the question, which the second accused was alleged to the involved in a series of withdrawals in OSSG account.

 

According to him, section 84 of the criminal act provided two methods for proof which he says it is either oral evidence or by a certificate where the judge is left to make a decision to request for additional proof of evidence tendering as a written certificate to authenticate.

 

The jurist explained that it is clear here that the person, who issues it, must not be the person to present and answer the question.

 

However, PW3 told the court that as a Relation/Marketing manager, he manages the account on behalf of the bank. “I am not aware that the EFCC requested for second accused person’s account. ”

 

The witness identified all the documents tender as originated from zenith bank including a letter written by him at the  EFCC office, the second accused person, Mr. Yusuf Pam had an account with zenith bank which is a saving account where he is required to make withdrawal base on his personal transaction.

 

He added that on the issue of opening of the account, he said the accused or anyone one who opened an account with zenith bank can come to the bank and pick deposit slip and enter the entire amount which is the same with withdrawal slip.

 

The Marketing manager noted that Mr. Yusuf Pam was introduced to him as the cashier from the office of the OSSG and was making withdrawal since 2007 to September 2015 when one Eric Kannang the present cashier took over, he said.

 

PW3 also told the court that the approval to open the account was given by accountant general of the state not the first accused person, former Governor Jonah David Jang.

He explained that the purpose of handling of the two accounts was for payment of political office holders and secondly for security payment, emoluments salaries which were reflected.

 

PW3 during his cross-examination admitted that Sen Jang was not signatory to all the accounts, with documents marked exhibits D1 A, B, and C reflecting the overhead account without project 1 in his statement.

 

The overhead account is sometimes for salaries, renovation of structures where the cashier Mr. Yusuf Pam always make a withdrawal the following accounts, 1011363942 and 1013330838 and breakdown of transaction that include, Joe Vinam ltd .The first contractor is not Joe or Peace Hurage service because FIRS, BIRS, are also in the transactions.

 

In all the two accounts no money was paid directly or transfer to the senator, as he said not to his knowledge that cheque was written.

 

I don’t know the signatories to the project accounts of PLASMEDA where funds were indiscriminately withdrawn, Mr. Yusuf Pam still made withdrawal even when the tenure of Jang expired on May 29th, 2015.

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