Ex-Governor Jang denies looting Plateau treasury, says, ‘I’m ready for probe’

Jonah Jang
Jonah Jang

The immediate past Governor of Plateau state, Jonah Jang, has said the allegation that he left the state’s treasury empty is false.

Mr. Jang’s predecessor, Governor Simon Lalong, had set up a transition committee to review the financial situation of the state.

The administration subsequently accused Mr. Jang of having looted state funds and emptying the treasury.

Mr. Jang said Saturday this is a lie and accused the committee and Mr. Lalong of vendetta.

“The committees have shown that they were deliberately selected and made up of persons that have grudges with the immediate past administration,” Mr. Jang said.

“For example, Mr. Emmanuel Agati, Mr Shem Damisa, Mr. Nuhu Madaki, were sent to the Ministry of Finance.

“Similarly, Prof. John Wade to the College of Education Gindiri, and Plateau State University Bokkos (now Solomon Lar University) and Mr. Joseph Ari to PRTVC. Ridiculously, Mr. Victor Dawurung, a serving staff of the Plateau State Polytechnic was assigned to probe his boss. Which type of report do you expect?” Mr. Jang said.

Mr. Jang was reacting to the 14-day ultimatum given him by Governor Lalong to return public funds misappropriated during his tenure or face probe.

He spoke on Friday through his former Commissioner for Justice, Olivia Dzayem, in a press statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES in Jos.

Mr. Jang insisted that his administration left the state with N103 billion debts, and not N222.3 billion as stated by the committee.

According to the former governor, “Lalong should have set up a more specialized technical or audit committees to conduct further investigation. This therefore means that the report is at its best a draft that lacks the relevant technical and professional inputs. How can such a draft report be implemented?”

The former governor denied that his administration embezzled the state’s funds and insisted that monies generated during his administration were judiciously managed on landmark projects.

Mr. Jang said the committee was set up to tarnish his image before the entire world.

“With its clear distortions and manipulation of facts, aimed at personal vendetta, witch-hunt and smearing the good name and achievements of the out gone PDP Government led by Dr. Jonah David Jang,” Mr. Jang said.

He denied allegations that his administration executed lopsided projects that favoured only his kins.

Earlier, the Special Assistant to Mr. Jang on media, Pam Ayuba, had told Journalists in Jos, that his boss was ready to face probe.

Mr. Pam said the Lalong administration has nothing to offer, and was therefore desperately looking for public acceptance by discrediting projects executed by his boss.

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