Gov. Jang’s son sues State Assembly for probing dad

Jonah Jang, Plateau state governor

The governor is accused of misusing public funds.

The son of Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State has filed a lawsuit asking a court to stop the state’s House of Assembly from an ongoing probe of his father.

Gov. Jang is facing allegations of mismanaging about N50 billion.

Last week, a nine-member committee named by the state assembly, began a preliminary hearing on the case.

The governor denies the allegation.

“If I see such an amount, the state will not remain this way,” Mr. Jang said at a recent public event.

But as the House moved to start the probe last week, Yakubu Jang, who also serves as a special adviser to his father, filed a suit in a state court, seeking an order to stop the House from initiating the processes of investigating his father.

The court has yet to fix a date for the hearing.

Musa Gondina, the chairman of the committee set by the Plateau state assembly to investigate the governor, however said that the suit would not stop the committee from doing its work.

Mr. Gondina said the committee was yet to receive any court notice to stop the probe.

The lawmakers are acting on a 10-page petition by a group called Plateau Patriotic Forum.

Among other alleged infractions, the group accused Mr. Jang of obtaining loans from banks without the approval of the House of Assembly.

The group also accused the governor of mismanagement in the disbursement of N50 billion SURE-P funds.

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