…As Jang’s Corruption Case Gets November 4 Adjournment Date.
BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE
The Gombe zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction of Haruna Adamu, before Justice Fatima Musa of the Gombe State High Court, on one-count charge bordering on non-disclosure of assets and liabilities in the EFCC Assets Declaration form.
Haruna was arrested sometime in 2019 following claims by a petitioner that he offered him a piece of land situated at Daki Biyu area of Abuja worth N12,000,000 (Twelve Million Naira only)
The petitioner said he paid a sum of N7, 300,000.00k( Seven Million, Three Hundred Thousand Naira only) to purchase the land but could not gain possession because the original allottee of the land appeared and took ownership of the land, and all efforts to get Haruna return the money collected from the petitioner proved abortive.
In the course of investigation, the convict was served an Assets Declaration to establish his banking history and other details but failed to disclose a bank account, where he has huge amount of money. He was consequently arraigned but pleaded guilty to the charge raised against him.
In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, S. E. Okemini urged the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.
Justice Musa convicted and sentenced him to one-year imprisonment without an option of fine. Meanwhile, Haruna is still facing trial of obtaining the sum of N7.3m by false pretence.
In another development, Justice C. L. Dabup of the Plateau State High Court, Jos, on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 adjourned the case of fraud, involving former Plateau State governor, Senator Jonah David Jang, and a former cashier in the Office of the Secretary to the State Government (OSSG), Yusuf Pam, till November 4 and 5, 2020 over Sallah break.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is prosecuting the duo for alleged criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of Plateau State funds to the tune of N6.3 billion.
At Wednesday’s sitting, prosecuting counsel, O.D Mese, informed the court that the lead counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, agreed with Jang’s lead counsel, Mike Ozekhome, SAN, for August 12 and 13, 2020 as adjournment dates, given that the second day of continuation of the trial, Thursday, July 30, 2020, was declared public holiday by the Federal government.
Justice Dabup, however, chose November 4 and 5, 2020 adjourned dates for the continuation of the trial.
The EFCC had re-arraigned Jang and Pam in February, this year, following the re-assignment of the case to Justice Dabup by the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Yakubu Dakwak, after the initial trial judge, Justice Daniel Longji, on his last sitting on the bench on December 29, 2019, dismissed the defendants’ no-case-submission, and held that they had a case to answer.
Jang and Pam were first arraigned in June 2018, on 17-count charge bordering on misappropriation of funds, criminal breach of trust and taking corrupt advantages to the tune of N30,236,024,219.88 (Thirty Billion, Two Hundred and Thirty-Six Million, Twenty-Four Thousand, Two Hundred and Nineteen Naira, Eighty-Eight kobo), which contravened the provisions of sections 315, 309, 19 and 22(5) of the Penal Code Law and Corrupt Practices Act 2004, (as amended).