Lalong to Prosecute Jang if Indicted by Judicial Commission – Attorney General

Simon Lalong

The immediate past governor of Plateau state and Senator representing Plateau North constituency at the National Assembly, Jonah Jang, may face prosecution if the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry (JCI) recently submitted to Governor Simon Lalong by the Commission has any indictable information against the former’s administration from May 29, 2007 to May 29, 2015, the state Attorney General, Hon. Jonathan Mafuyau, has said.

Lalong had in August 2016, inaugurated a commission of inquiry headed by Justice Stephen Adah, to dig into the activities of Jang’s administration, however, the commission in December 2016, completed its assignment and submitted reports to Lalong, who promised to release and implement a white paper on it.

The development spurred Jang to file a suit seeking an injunction to restrain Lalong from releasing the white paper, but consequently, Jang lost the suit for lack of merit.

Speaking to our correspondent at the weekend, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, said Lalong can now go ahead to release the much waited white paper on the findings of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry.

His words, “with the ruling of the court on the matter, the state government is now at liberty to release the white paper in fulfillment of its promise to the people of the state.

“We will come up with a position on the findings of the JCI, meaning that we must come up with a ‘white paper’ and if the findings indicts the former Governor, government will not hesitate to prosecute him.

“We will not be hasty in our decision, but will devote time to study the report now before us and then come up with the most appropriate decision on this matter; yes, we know the people’s expectation at this point, but we must also weigh our decisions on the provisions of our criminal laws and if there are areas where persons ought to be prosecuted we will have no hesitation in prosecuting them and those that need to go through the civil process, to refund whatever that is refundable to government.

“You can agree with us that this government, from the beginning, took time to appeal to the previous administration to return all that has been carted away from the state’s treasury, even before the JCI was set up, but they took us for granted and now we have followed the legal procedure to get to justice”, he said.

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