Meanwhile, the Commission also arraigned the duo of Nannim Tali and James Pwol, both staff of Ministry of Finance, Plateau State and one Njin Gyara, a staff of Ministry of Health , Plateau State before Justice Dakwak on a 13-count charge bordering on theft to the tune of N5, 050,800.00(Five Million, Fifty Thousand, Eight Hundred Naira).
The accused persons allegedly conspired to steal the money, being fund for the payment of scholarships to students of College of Nursing, Jos; College of Health Technology, Zaman; College of Health Technology, Pankshin and College of Nursing, Vom, Plateau State.
Count two of the charge reads: “That you Nannim N. Tali, Njim Gyara and James Pwol sometime in October, 2007 in Jos within the judicial division of the High Court of Plateau State committed the offence of theft of N36, 400.00 only meant for payment of scholarship to students of School of Nursing, Jos and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 286 of the Penal Code punishable under Section 287 of the same code”.
The accused persons all pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to them.
In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel, Eunice Dalyop, asked the court for a trial date.
Counsels to the accused persons, however, urged the court to grant their clients bail.
Consequently, Justice Dakwak granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N500, 000(Five Hundred Thousand Naira) each with two sureties in like sum. The sureties must have landed properties and must submit documents of same for verification by the court registrar.
The case has been adjourned to July 26, 2016 for commencement of trial.