Former vice president Atiku Abubakar and a former Minister of Information, Jerry Gana as well as other prominent Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stalwarts, on Sunday, visited the embattled former governor of Plateau state and senator representing Plateau North, Jonah Jang, in Jos prison.
DAILY NIGERIAN had earlier reported that Mr Jang was remanded in prison after his arraignment at the Jos state High Court on May 16 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The senator is facing a 12-count charge over alleged corruption and misappropriation of N6.3 billion during the last leg of his tenure as governor of Plateau state.
While confirming the visit to newsmen, Luka Ayedoo, the Public Relations Officer of the Plateau Command of the Nigerian Prisons Service, said: “at the weekend, we received Prof. Jerry Gana, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, senators and other notable Nigerians who came on a solidarity visit to Sen. Jonah Jang.
“Even though Jang is in prison custody, he still reserves the right to be visited and so we won’t deny him that right,” he said.
The PRO, however, said restrictions were placed on the calibre of people to visit the former governor so as not to turn the prison yard into a political arena.
“Those we give express permission to see him are few political allies, family members, his doctor and his lawyer, “he said.
However, the former vice president has denied the report of his visit, describing its entirety as false and mere fabrication.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Atiku Abubakar has been in Yola, Adamawa State since Thursday for the activities of the 10th Commencement Ceremony and Presidential Inauguration of American University of Nigeria, Yola.
“The Waziri Adamawa on Thursday attended the Honours Society event of the university.
“On Friday, Atiku Abubakar joined the Yola Ummah at the first Juma’at prayer of this year’s Ramadan at the Yola Central Mosque and later graced the Graduation Awards Ceremony of AUN.
“On Saturday, Atiku Abubakar attended the 10th graduation ceremony of AUN which was widely reported in the media.
“The former Vice President arrived in Yola International Airport in the morning of Thursday, 17th May and still remains in Yola till today.
“Therefore, he was not, and could not have been in Jos as being claimed in a section of the media,” the statement read.