The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is probing ex-governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State over his inability to account for some billions of naira belonging to the state. Plateau State government, in a petition to the EFCC, said it discovered financial discrepancies after studying the handover notes left by Jang.
A source gave the details of what the commission was looking at as follows: “Under Jonah Jang as governor of Plateau State, N2 billion was released by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for the Small and Medium Scale(SME) businesses in Plateau State.
The N2 billion was released to Jang in April 2015, a month before the expiration of his administration. The entire money disappeared. And there’s no trace or evidence that SMEs in Plateau State benefitted from the CBN fund meant for them.
“The administration of former Governor Jonah Jang got N6.1 billion from the accounts of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
“Jang collected N982,526451.02 from the Plateau State government using a front company, Darmatist Consult, for a purported, non-existent recovery of N7.56 billion from Nasarawa State. The money was paid to Darmatist as consultancy fee. “Under Jang, millions of naira were debited monthly from the accounts of the 17 Local Government Areas in Plateau State.
Jang claimed that the debited funds will be used to construct one five-kilometre road in each of the 17 LGAs. But most of the roads were never constructed. Just a few LGAs in Jang’s Plateau North Senatorial District benefited from this scheme but the funds had disappeared from the state accounts before the emergence of the new administration of Simon Lalong.
“Questions are also being raised on how SURE-P funds were disbursed by the Jang administration. As a matter of fact, Jang, in his handover notes, did not provide the needed information on how much was released, how much was received and what the funds were used for.”