A Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos on Wednesday adjourned the alleged N6.3bn fraud case filed against former Governor Jonah Jang and a former cashier, Mr Yusuf Pam until Nov. 4.
Jang and Pan were first arraigned in June 2018, by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), on 17 count charge bothering on Misappropriation of funds, criminal breach of trust and corrupt advantages.
The anti-graft agency alleged that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 315, 309, 19 and 22(5) of the Penal Code Law and Corrupt Practices Act 2004, (as amended).
Justice Christy Dabup of High Court IV, adjourned the matter due to Eid-el Kabir Public Holiday declared by the Federal Government.
“My Lord, we can’t continue with the hearing of this case today because of the Sallah Public Holiday declared by the Federal Government, which invariably affected our plans to bring our witnesses and proceed with the case,” Mr Oluwatuse Mese, the Prosecution Counsel averred.
“Our plan was to bring our witnesses and take the two days July 29 and July 30 for them to testify before this honourable Court, but for the holiday, we have to apply for another adjournment.
“Inview of the public holiday that has consumed one of the days, we hereby apply for an adjournment to enable us prepare to prosecute the case proper, ” Mese pleaded.
Responding, Counsel to Jang, Mr Edward Pwajok, SAN, and Counsel to Pam, Mr Sunday Oyawole, did not object to the application for adjournment.
NAN reports that the case on June 24 adjourned after the two accused were arraigned afresh after the case came up in de-no-vo following the retirement of Justice Daniel Longji on Dec. 29, 2919.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
38-year-old man accused of raping a minor, tells court it was a frame up
A 38-year-old man, Mark Amos, standing trial at the Plateau State High Court for allegedly raping an eight-year-old, has told the court that he was framed up.
On arraignment, he told the court that he was framed up by the minor for no justifiable reason.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Mrs L.P Fombot of the state Ministry of Justice, had told the court that Amos, a resident of Lamingo Estate in Jos East Local Government area, committed the act.
She said that Amos committed the crime by luring the minor into his room and had carnal knowledge of her.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 208 of the Plateau State Penal Code and punishable by life imprisonment if convicted.
The accused in his statement said: “I accommodated the said victim and her aunt, one Miss Patience, in one of the rooms in our compound when she had problems and needed accommodation.
“I noticed that aunt always beat the little girl.
“On that day she was beaten by her aunty again so I asked her to come into my room as I wanted to help her.
“I left her in the room and went to take my bath, but when I returned I didn’t see her again. The next day her aunt reported to the police that I raped her niece.
“I did not do it, she framed me up, her aunty once told me the girl was used to framing people up,” he said.
The victim, in her statement to the police, however, said that the accused had carnal knowledge of her four times and that she could no longer bear it and had to report him to her aunt.
She said the accused person always warned her not to disclose the act to anybody.
Justice S.P Gang ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody until Aug. 20 for hearing.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)
Okowa felicitates with Ibori at 62
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has congratulated a former Governor of the state, Chief James Ibori, on the occasion of his 62th birthday day anniversary on Aug. 4.
Okowa in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, on Monday in Asaba eulogised Ibori for his path-finding and immense contributions to the development of Delta and outstanding input to nation-building.
While felicitating with his boss, whom he served as two-term commissioner, Okowa said that Ibori’s deep knowledge of politics and his administrative acumen put him ahead of his contemporaries, and stood him out as a worthy and legendary leader of all time.
He commended Ibori for championing and his doggedness in the fight for resource control struggle.
Okowas said that the result of the resource contro struggle was the establishment of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) by the Federal Government as an interventionist agency for the development of oil producing communities.
“My distinguished leader, I can recall clearly that you and other great leaders fought very hard for the oil -producing states of the Niger Delta to enjoy 13 per cent derivation of the nation’s oil resources.
“As a champion of Resource Control and Fiscal Federalism, you were among the true patriots who struggled for the establishment of a regional interventionist agency to address the issues of development and environmental degradation of the oil-rich Niger Delta, which gave birth to the NDDC.
“As a respected voice in Nigeria’s democratic experience, we were not surprised when your colleagues in the forum of former governors named you as “Patron” of the group in an obvious recognition of your political sagacity and amiable disposition to the unity of the country.
“As the father of modern Delta, let me commend you for the visionary and inclusive leadership that you epitomised in the eight years of laying the foundation of the desired modern Delta laced with building bridges of unity among the diverse ethnic groups in the state.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I rejoice with your family members, friends, political and business associates on this occasion of your 62nd birth anniversary.
“It is my prayer that your best years are yet to come even as God Almighty grants you long life, good health and wisdom to keep navigating Nigeria’s political and business landscapes fruitfully,” Okowa said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)
Nigerian youths appreciate FG’s N75bn Investment Fund
Nigerian youths on Monday presented letter of appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari
through the Minister of Youth and sports, Mr Sunday Dare, for the approval of 75 billion investment fund for them.
Mr Sukubo Sara-Igbesukubo, the President of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), who presented the letter in Abuja,
thanked the president for the laudable act of establishing the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund with an initial capital of N75 billion.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal Government in July approved the establishment of N75 billion
Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) for three years, following a memo presented by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development.
The NYIF is to serve as a sort of youth bank that will fund and support the innovative ideas, skills, talents and enterprise of the Nigerian youth.
Sara-Igbesukubo said that the fund was a special window for the Nigerian youths to access financial facilities for their entrepreneurial ideas,
innovations and projects.
He added that “the laudable milestone has shown that the present administration has the interest of Nigerian youths at heart.
“Today, the hope of millions of talented, hardworking and creative young Nigerians is being restored.”
Dare, who was represented by Mr Gabriel Aduda, the Permanent Secretary in the youth and sports ministry, said that
the fund would enable the country to go beyond empowerment to investment.
He said that the fund would help to boost youth investment in the country, noting that the ministry would work with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
to evolve modalities that would ensure that the fund was used for the investment it was meant for.
“The youths will be involved in the decision making as they will be in the forefront to achieve the goal of the fund,’’ he said.
Dare said that Nigerian youths did not lack ideas but have not had enough opportunities to utilise the talents.
He said that “we are hoping that with the fund, the youths will put every effort to get it running.”
The minister advised youths to be more involved in social media to be abreast with current developments in the world.
Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)
We ‘ve yet to feel impact of Gov. Ayade’s agricultural revolution – AFAN Chairman
Mr Etim Nakanda, the Chairman of All Famers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Cross River Chapter, says farmers in the state have yet to feel the impact of Gov. Ben Ayade’s agricultural revolution programme.
Nakanda made the assertion in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Calabar on Monday.
He said AFAN members in the state had not been supplied farm inputs such as fertilisers and improved variety of cassava stems as well as equipment.
The chairman said the state government should show more care about the plights of the farmers in the state and what they experienced on daily basis.
Nakanda, however, said some farmers in the state had benefited from the Federal Government’s intervention through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s Anchor Borrowers Programme for rice and cassava farming.
According to him those members who had not benefitted from the anchor borrowers programme have gone back to the primitive farming system of using hoes and machetes.
“Every time, we hear about agricultural revolution in Cross River. I think what they have is government revolution and not agricultural revolution because it has not yet touched down.
“It is the many small holder farmers in Cross River that feed this state and they are really the ones in dire need of assistance from the state and federal governments.
“There is no supply of improved variety of cassava stems for farmers as we used to have.
“We need day-old chicks, fingerlings, fertilisers, oil mills, fishing nets, storage facilities across the 18 Local Government Areas in the state as well as a micro finance bank with realistic demands,” he said.
Nakanda, who is also the Chairman AFAN in the South-South, added that some of the items that they needed could be given to them free while others should be supplied to them to be paid for in instalments.
“Governments really needs to come to the aid of farmers. I say so because as the chairman of farmers in the state, I can say we have not felt the impact of government, except on radio and television,” he said.
Contacted, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Okon Owuna, said that he was not aware of the farmers ‘s complaint.
“Non of them has come to my office to make a case. We are doing our best as a state to attract both national and international intervention to get the farmers to be better off.
“So, as much as I know, all farmers are carried along in our agricultural revolution.
“Today we are having a town hall meeting to kick off the agricultural development scheme project in the state and all stakeholders are invited.
“It is in this town hall meeting that complaints of various value chains are addressed ” he said.
Edited By: Ejike Obeta (NAN)