The immediate past governor of Plateau State and senator representing Plateau North, Jonah Jang, on Monday said he will not honour an invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), instructing him to report to its Kano office on December 5, 2018.
The senator’s decision to turn down the invitation was said to be on the strength of an ongoing case with the anti-graft agency at a State High Court in Jos, for alleged fraud worth over N6 billion, and the matter is billed to be heard around the period of the invitation.
He also denied that the property located at Unguwan Rimi GRA, Kaduna State does not belong to him.
Jang disclosed this through his media consultant, Clinton Garuba, in Jos, the Plateau state capital.
He said, “The Senator representing Plateau North Senatorial District, the distinguished Senator (Dr.) Jonah David Jang will not honour the invitation of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFFC, to report to its Kano office on 5th December, 2018, and has written to the commission asking it to pick another date in January 2019.”
According to him, “The decision to turn down the invitation was an easy one because the Senator is under trial in Jos the Plateau State Capital having been charged to court by the same commission, and the matter is expected to commence definite hearing around the date of the invitation.
“To be sure, it is baffling how the EFCC expects the serving Senator to be in two places at the same time since he does not possess any psychic abilities,” he maintained.
He added that, “To be exact, the invitation is not unconnected with the story in the news alleging that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has traced a mansion worth N500million to Senator Jonah Jang.
“The property located at No. 8 and 9 Gobarau Road, Unguwan Rimi GRA, Kaduna State does not belong to Senator Jang, and this is not the first time the commission would investigate its ownership.
“The property formerly belonging to Northern Nigerian Development Company, Kaduna, was allocated to the Senator while he was the executive Governor of Plateau State but eventually lost interest and did not continue with the acquisition.
“EFCC has this information and it knows the the actual owners of the said property . Unfortunately, but deliberately EFCC continues to harass the Senator in its usual media trials aimed at tarnishing his glowing name and reputation,” he lamented.
The senator however admonished his supporters, and admirers of his efforts in Plateau State, to be calm and steadfast no matter the odds, saying the recent allegation was nothing new “but one of the endless attempts at dealing with him by the powers that be”.
“The Senator is in high spirit, and fervently ready to face his accusers in court, and not the pages of newspapers,” Garuba stressed.