Musa Sunday, a prosecution witness, has revealed to the court how
Jonah Jang, a former governor of Plateau State, received money in cash
from his aides.
Sunday is testifying against Jang as the 11th witness in the ongoing
alleged N6.2 billion fraud, at a State High Court, sitting in Jos,
Plateau State on Thursday.
Jang and the aide, Yusuf Pam, a cashier at the Office of the Secretary
to the State Government, SSG, are accused of colluding to divert state
funds to personal use and are standing trial before Justice Daniel
During cross-examination by Mike Ozekhome, (SAN), counsel to Jang,
Sunday explained how Pam, during investigations into the alleged
fraud, took him through the hidden back passage through which he
usually used to take cash to Jang.
He said: “The new Government House is located at the outskirt of town
amidst a lot of buildings.
“Amongst the buildings was the office of the SSG of the state where
Pam and the EFCC detectives reported their arrival to the SSG.
“From the SSG's office we were led to the Government Office, the
Governor’s office, a storey-building with two doors one at the main
entrance and at the back exit.
“There, Pam showed us how he delivered cash in ‘Ghana must go’ bags to
the former Governor.
“He had clearly said and even showed me the back entrances where the
cash was stacked and given to the governor.”
While identifying Exhibit P62, a response from the Plateau State House
of Assembly dated July 19, 2018, and September 2014, alongside the
letter from the EFCC requesting for information, Musa told the court
that investigations revealed that memos were written by the Commission
of Finance, who was involved in seeking approval for the disbursement
of the funds involved in the alleged fraud.
“However, the monies were further transferred from Plateau State One
account to OSSG account where the second defendant withdrew cash and
delivered to the first defendant,” he said.
Under cross-examination, the witness further confirmed that about
$100,000 was deposited in a single day into Standard Chartered Bank.
He said: “On May 6, 2014, $50,000 cash deposit in tranches of $10,000
five times and on May 7, 2014.
“Yakubu Jang, son of the first defendant was among the persons who
deposited monies into the account.”
The case has been adjourned until Friday (today) for continuation.