N16.7bn cash withdrawn by Jang unaccounted for – Commission

A probe panel of enquiry has been told how N16.7 billion cash was withdrawn for former governor of Plateau, Jonah Jang.

The revelation was made by Yusuf Pam, a former cashier attached to the office of the Secretary to the State Government, who told the panel that he withdrew the N16.7 billion based on “executive directive from the former governor”.

He told the commission that he was given security backup to withdraw the cash, and disclosed that each withdrawal was “usually a maximum of N150 million, which is always delivered to the governor”.

The Judicial Commission of Inquiry has since said the money was not accounted for by the past administration.

The commission was set up to probe Mr. Jang’s eight years as Plateau governor.

On Tuesday, the commission examined witnesses with respect to a memo against Mr. Jang and the Office of the Secretary to the State Government.

The chairman of the commission, Stephen Adah, while analysing the contents of the memo, observed that the N16.7 billion was withdrawn by Mr. Pam.

A former Director, Finance and Supply, Office of the SSG, Kelvin Bamshak told the commission that the N16.7 billion was a “classified expenditure”, and only Jang knew the purpose for the withdrawal, and how it was expended.

He also revealed that N100 million was released as running cost to `Operation Rainbow’, a security outfit established by Mr. Jang, to complement the police and the Special Task Force, in addressing lingering security issues.
The commission also observed that another N5 million was withdrawn via the Automated Teller Machine in 2010, and revealed that the money could not be traced to anyone as no beneficiary was identified.
The chairman thereafter adjourned further hearing on the memo to November 23.

One comment

  1. Demons. Look at his face. Old man that should be preparing for his funeral embezzling his state treasury and they’re busy talking about jungle justice, they aint see nothing yet

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