***Truth Will Always Prevail In the End – Jang
JOS – A Jos high Court Sitting in Jos on Friday, discharged and acquitted Immediate Past Governor of Plateau state Senator Jonah David Jang on the N6.3 billion corruption charges leveled against him by EFCC.
The trial Judge Justice Christy Dabup similarly discharged and acquitted former cashier in the office of Secretary to the state government Yusuf Pam who was tried on similar charges like his state former Governor.
Reacting to judgement, Senator Jang, the Plateau state former Governor, said “the truth always finds its way out, even years and years and years later.”
According to Jang, his vindication of the charges preferred against him by the EFCC,
” I must confess that I had known from the onset that leadership was not an easy task but I stepped out to make a difference, having been a Military Administrator in two states.”
According to him, the benevolence of the Plateau people and the grace of God made him the Governor of Plateau State from 2007-2015.
” My previous experience as a Military Administrator and the driving force which was to leave a mark on the plateau as I did in my previous assignments never changed.”
Senator Jang stressed that it was with this zeal and drive that he implemented the 10-point Agenda anchored on a 3-Pillar policy to deliver the dividends of democracy for the people of his dear state.
” Our desire to open up the state through infrastructural development was audible to the deaf and visible to the blind. This we were able to achieve with the meagre resources that accrued to the State at the time, in addition to the IGR raised in the state.’” Jang stressed.
He added that his administration’s record speaks for itself as the state was dotted with developmental strides that affects the economy of the state and the daily livelihoods of the people..
“Our primary role as a government was to provide security of lives, property and welfare through the provision of services for our people. We had done that to the best of our abilities via prudent management of the resources available to us, such that the average Plateau citizen could eke a living for himself”
He however said it is unfortunate that people whom he will best describe, for now, as the champions of retrogression and enablers of hardship for the people of his state, came after him with bogus and fictitious claims of mismanagement, there by necessitating a protracted judicial journey of over 4 years, trying to prove his innocence in the courts.
Jang said he knew all along that he was not guilty of the charges preferred against him, saying he saw the process as mere persecution and not a prosecution.
” Nigerians are witnesses to the fact that the current administration at all levels has spent more time passing the buck of their failure to the previous administration than they have given attention to governance. Little wonder, almost eight years after, it will seem that our achievements stand tall while the present Government has little or nothing to show for the goodwill that it enjoyed.”
He noted that in the course of this travail, he spent over a week in EFCC detention and another 10 days in the Jos Custodial Centre (prison), “those times we spent there, gave us another perspective on life and I count it a blessing because it has all ended today with this loud and clear vindication by the courts”
Jang added that the tortuous journey leading to his vindication today has only strengthened him to stand more on the path of truth and continue to work assiduously with well-meaning plateau people and Nigerians for the good of our dear state, Plateau and the nation at large.
” I hold no grudge against anyone as I consider whatever I have gone through as the price I had to pay for choosing the path of leadership. I give God the glory for bringing me through and I call on all Plateau sons and daughters, including people of goodwill on the plateau not to wish our leaders bad.
He called on the people of his state to close ranks and speak with one voice so that Plateau will emerge out of its current state to take its rightful place of pride as the envy of other states.
” The Plateau we have always known and been proud of has taken backstage but the onus is on us the reclaim our state and build it to the land of our dreams as was planned by our founding fathers and the generation of past leaderships” Jang stressed.
He dedicate his victory in the court to God and the people of Plateau State with whom he worked to build a prosperous land.
He thanked his entire legal team led by Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN and Barrister Edward Pwajok SAN, and his family who suffered all kinds of harassment and denigration through this period for standing firm and believing with him that it was only a phase that would pass.
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