Lalong Begins Probe of Jang’s Administration

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Seriki Adinoyi in Jos

Plateau State government will thisWednesday inaugurate a six-man commission of inquiry to probe the administration of the immediate past governor, Jonah David Jang.

A statement signed by Mr Emmanuel Nanle, Director of Press to Governor Simon Lalong, said the Governor was only exercising “the power conferred on him by Section 2 of the Commissions of Inquiry Law Cap 25 of the Laws of Northern Nigeria 1963 (as applicable to Plateau State) and other relevant laws enabling him in that behalf.”

The commission, which will be chaired by Justice Stephen Adah, is expected to “ascertain all financial transactions, done or entered into by the Government of Plateau State of Nigeria or through any of its Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), or official acting in its name from the 29th day of May 2007 to 29th May 2015.”

Other terms of reference include; ascertaining and establishing all financial allocations, funds, grants or monetary interventions and revenues which accrued to or in the name of the Government of Plateau State of Nigeria. Departments, Agencies (MDAs), Officials or Agents from the Federal Government of Nigeria or any International Institutions or Donor Agencies from 29th May 2007 to 29th May 2015; to ascertain and establish all loans granted to or obtained by the Government of Plateau State of Nigeria through any of its Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs), and the purpose for which such loans were obtained and whether the loans were used for such purpose.

The commission is also expected to ascertain whether any property belonging to the Government of Plateau State or any of its Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs), Parastatals and Institutions which were sold or in any way concessioned to any person(s), or institution(s), by any Government Ministry, Department, Agency (MDAs), or officials between 29th May 2007 and 29th May 2015, followed due process or procedure and whether the proceeds of such sale or concession were paid into appropriate Government coffers.

Other members of the commission are Prof. Mrs. Bibiana Bawa, Barr. Aliyu Sangei, Prof. Ekoja B. Ekoja, Engr. Samuel Onu Agamah , and Alhaji Sani Yahaya Mavo, who serves as secretary of the commission.