Atiku, others visit Jonah Jang in prison

Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and some other politicians have paid solidarity visits to former Plateau Governor Jonah Jang being remanded in Jos prison over allegation of money laundering and misappropriation.

Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Plateau Command of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), Luka Ayedoo, the confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Jos.

Justice Daniel Longji of the Plateau High Court, Jos, had on May 16 ordered that Jang, who is the incumbent senator representing Plateau North in the National Assembly, be remanded in prison after refusing him bail.

Mr Ayedoo listed others that also visited Jang at the weekend to include Prof. Jerry Gana, a PDP chieftain, some senators from the South-South region and Chief Chris Giwa, another PDP chieftain in Plateau.

Ayedoo said: “At the weekend, we received Prof. Jerry Gana, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, senators and other notable Nigerians who came on 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.