Political bigwigs including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar have paid solidarity visit to former Plateau Governor Jonah Jang who is being incarcerated in Jos prison over allegation of money laundry and misappropriation of funds.
This was confirmed by Mr Luka Ayedoo, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Plateau Command of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), who said Jang has a right to be visited.
Justice Daniel Longji of the Plateau High Court, Jos, had on May 16 ordered that the Senator representing Plateau North in the National Assembly be remanded in prison after turning down his application for bail.
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.
Speaking on the visit, 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.