Al­leged N6.3bn fraud: We de­liv­ered N4bn to Jang – Wit­ness

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Bashir Li­man, Jos

Ha­bila Dung, a Pros­e­cut­ing Wit­ness four (PW4) of the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion, yes­ter­day told a Plateau State High Court sit­ting in Jos how he and Yusuf Pam, a former cashier of the Of­fice of the Sec­re­tary to the State Gov­ern­ment de­liv­ered N4 bil­lion clas­si­fied ex­pen­di­ture money to former Gov­er­nor Jonah Jang from Jan­uary, 2015 to May 26, 2015.

Dung, a former Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Cab­i­net and Spe­cial Du­ties in the of­fice of Of­fice of the SSG be­tween De­cem­ber 2014 and Septem­ber 2015, said he raised some of the memos that led to the with­drawal of about N4 bil­lion cap­tured in the bud­get of se­cu­rity/clas­si­fied ex­pen­di­ture.

Jang and Pam are stand­ing trial be­fore Jus­tice Daniel Longji on a 12-count charge of abuse of of­fice and mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of N6.3 bil­lion.

Dur­ing yes­ter­day’s sit­ting, Dung, who was also an As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of the state se­cu­rity coun­cil dur­ing Jang’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, al­leged that he ac­com­pa­nied Pam twice to de­liver money to Jang at his of­fice when he was the gov­er­nor of the state.

He said: “After the gov­er­nor or SSG di­rected me to raise a memo on a spe­cific is­sue, I would do that, then I would take it to gov­er­nor for ap­proval, after his ap­proval, then Yusuf Pam, would go to bank and with­draw the money.

“On 21st Jan­uary, 2015 Yusuf Pam with­drew the sum of N320 mil­lion from the OSSG se­cu­rity ac­count domi­ciled in Zenith Bank after it was ear­lier ap­proved by the gov­er­nor. After the with­drawal we took it to the gov­er­nor. I ac­com­pa­nied Mr Pam twice to gov­er­nor’s of­fice to de­liver the money.”

The coun­sel to the 1st de­fen­dants, Mike Ezekhome, asked the court to give him time to en­able him cross-ex­am­ine the EFCC’s wit­ness.

Jus­tice Longji ad­journed the mat­ter to to­day for cros­sex­am­i­na­tion and hear­ing.

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