Saturday 23rd September, 2017
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Jang loses bid to stop publication of report on his tenure

Jang loses bid to stop publication of report on his tenure

A Jos High Court has dismissed a suit filed by the immediate past Gover­nor of Plateau State and the Senator represent­ing Plateau North, Jo­nah Jang against Gov­ernor Simon Lalong.

Jang sought to stop Lalong from releasing a White Paper on the report of a commission of inquiry that probed his eight-year tenure.

The Commission, headed by Justice Ste­phen Adah, submitted its report in December 2016 and the governor promised to release a white paper on it.

However, the Chief Judge, Justice Pius Damulak, said on Wednesday that Jang’s application lacked merit. Damulak de­clared that Senator Jang had acted ‘hastily’ since the content of the report had not been made public and acted upon.

“I so find that of all the 13 prayers put up by the Plaintiff, none is substantial.

“The state govern­ment, by the Act es­tablishing the Judicial Commission of Inqui­ry, has the powers to set up the Commission to investigate activities of present and past ad­ministrations.

“I hereby hold that the plaintiff was only speculative in his as­sertions. The case is hereby dismissed and struck out’’, the judge ruled.

Justice Damulak also ordered Jang to pay the defendants N3.4 mil­lion.