EFCC Probes Ex-Plateau Governor Jonah Jang Over Missing Billions





The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
has commenced the probe of former Plateau State
governor, Jonah Jang, over his inability to account for
some money belonging to the state.
It was gathered that the Plateau State government, had in a
petition to the EFCC, said it discovered financial
discrepancies after studying the handover notes left by
Jang.
A source in the EFCC said the petition to the commission,
indicated that “Under Jonah Jang as governor of Plateau
State N2 billion was released by the Central Bank of
Nigeria (CBN) for the Small and Medium Scale(SME)
businesses in Plateau State. The N2 billion was released to
Jang in April of 2015, a month before the expiration of his
administration. The entire money disappeared. And there’s
no trace or evidence that SMEs in Plateau State benefitted
from the CBN fund meant for them.
“The administration of former Governor Jonah Jang got
N6.1 billion from the accounts of the State Universal Basic
Education Board(SUBEB), Micro, Small & Medium
Enterprises(MSMEs) and the ministry for Local government
and Chieftaincy Affairs.”
The government, in the petition, further alleged that Jang
collected N982,526451.02 from the Plateau State
government using a front company Darmatist Consult for a
purported, non-existent recovery of N7.56 billion from
Nassarawa State. The money was paid to Darmatist as
consultancy fee.
“Under Jang, millions of naira was debited monthly from
the accounts of the 17 Local Government Areas in Plateau
State. Jang claimed that the debited funds will be used to
construct one 5Km road in each of the 17 LGAs.
“But most of the roads were never constructed. Just a few
LGAs in Jang’s Plateau North Senatorial District benefited
from this scheme but the funds had disappeared from the
State accounts before the emergence of the new
administration of Simon Lalong.”
The source added: “Questions are also being raised on
how SURE-P funds were disbursed by the Jang
administration. As a matter of fact, Jang, in his handover
notes, did not provide the needed information on how
much was released, how much was received and what the
funds were used for.”

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