The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other-Related Offences Commission on Wednesday withdrew charges filed against a former governor of Plateau State, Senator Jonah David Jang, saying it was to avoid abuse of court processes.
Jang, representing Plateau-North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, and a cashier, Yusuf Gyang Pam, had been in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Abuja, following their arrest over alleged misuse of funds.
While the commission had slammed Jang with a 12 count charge on alleged fraud, the ICPC had also filed a similar charge against him.
However, Adesina Raheem, the Assitant Director, ICPC, moved an application before Justice Daniel Longji of Plateau State High Court in Jos, for the withdrawal of the charges.
“My Lord, we got an information that EFCC has filed a criminal charge against the defendant. We had a discussion with the EFCC and it was resolved that we should withdraw our own charge to avoid abuse of court processes. I will humbly seek the leave of the court to withdraw the charge. That is my application.”
Delivering his ruling, Justice Longji, struck out the charges, saying “the prosecution has the right to withdraw the application, the case is hereby struck out.”