In Justice Daniel Longji of the Plateau High Court 5 sitting in Jos has ordered the remand of the former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jonah Jang to prison custody pending the ruling in his bail application which has been adjourned to Thursday next week.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC is arraigning the former Governor alongside Yusuf Pam, a former Cashier in the Office of the Secretary to the State Government on a 12 count charge bordering on breach of trust, criminal conspiracy, diversion, misappropriation, dishonesty in respect of monies running in N6.3bn.
They were alleged to have committed the offence while Mr Jang was governor of the state.
After pleading not guilty to the charges; their counsel, Mr Clarks, applied for their bail.
But prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, opposed the application, saying the accused, particularly Mr Jang, has tough credentials as a three-time governor, former Nigerian military general and serving senator, and may therefore intimidate prosecution witnesses if given bail.
He said granting them bail will not be in the best interest of justice.
The trial judge, Daniel Longji, thereafter ruled that the accused persons be remanded at the Jos Prisons till the next sitting of the court on Thursday May 24.
Earlier on Wednesday, the court struck out charges filed by the Independent Corruption Practice and other related offensive Commission (ICPC) against Mr Jang.
This was after counsel to ICPC, Adeshina Raheem, told the court that the commission was withdrawing its case to avoid duplication of charges against the former governor.