JUDICIAL commission of inquiry sitting in Jos yesterday closed a memo submitted by one Njin Gyara against former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang and reserved ruling for consideration in its report. It could be recalled that Mr. Njin Gyara, former Deputy Director, Plateau Ministry of Finance, had filed a petition against former governor, Jonah Jang for allegedly dismissing him in office for refusing to sign a N112 million cheque meant for a contract. Gyara, alleged that he was suspended from office in 2012 after he refused to sign the said cheque which he said the contract did not follow due process. He said this while testifying before the commission which was set up by governor Simon Lalong in August to probe activities of government from May 2007 to May 2015. Gyara alleged that the said cheque of over N112 million was meant for the payment of
consultancy service carried out for the proposed Plateau Specialist Hospital in Barkin Ladi. However during cross examination, counsel to Jonah Jang, Mr. Sunni Udeh said that the petitioner was suspended for alleged misappropriation of student allowances. Udeh told the court that Gyara and two others diverted funds meant for the students of the College of Health, Zawan to their own personal use. He said that the petitioner who was in charge of paying the students a monthly allowance of N1, 200 paid the students N400. 00 instead for many months which ran into millions of Naira, an act which led to his dismissal and arrest by the EFCC. Udeh also alleged that the petitioner also illegally took official documents from files and made photocopies for himself from the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Health. Earlier, Counsel to Jonah Jang, Mr. Sunni Udeh prayed the commission to disregard the memo and urged that Gyara
is held responsible for missing minutes and sensitive documents belonging to the Ministries. Gyara on his part urged the commission to disregard Udeh’s plea and still consider his petition in the memo. He also maintained that he did not mutilate nor made photocopies of documents from files in the ministries in question. The chairman of the commission, Justice Stephen Udah, however, closed the memo and reserved ruling for consideration in its report.


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