Michael Botmang

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Michael Botmang
Governor of Plateau State
In office
13 November 2006 – 27 April 2007
Preceded by Joshua Dariye
Succeeded by Joshua Dariye
Personal details
Born 1938
Zawan, Jos South, Plateau State, Nigeria
Died 18 January 2014 (aged 76)
Zawan, Jos South, Plateau State, Nigeria

Chief Michael Botmang (1938 – 18 January 2014) was a Nigerian politician.

On September 9, 2001, there were riots in Jos between Christians and Muslims. As acting governor, Chief Michael Botmang drafted both the police and the army to help return the state capital to order.[1]

Botmang, then a former Plateau state deputy governor, was sworn in as governor of Plateau State following the impeachment of Chief Joshua Dariye on 13 November 2006. He held that position until 27 April 2007, when the Supreme Court ordered the reinstatement of Dariye with immediate effect.[2]

In July 2008 the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arraigned Botmang on a 31-count charge of fraud, alleging he had pocketed N1.5 billion during his tenure as Plateau State governor. He was released on bail a month later and his travel documents were returned so he could travel to the United Kingdom for medical treatment.[3]

The fraud charges were later dropped by the EFCC on the 12th of June 2013 stating that there is evidence that the money borrowed from Intercontinental Bank when Botmang was governor was used to pay workers’ salaries and other government activities. [4]

Botmang died on 18 January 2014, of kidney disease.[5] He was 76.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tereza Adamu (June 2003). "Joining Hands in Peace: Sharia Law and Nigerian Unity" (PDF). World Alliance of Reformed Churches. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  2. ^ Roy Chikwem (February 11, 2009). "Abuse of impeachment process in Nigeria". Daily Sun. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  3. ^ "Courth Grants Botmang Bail for N100m". Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  4. ^ "Court acquits ex-deputy gov, Botmang". The Guardian Mobile. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  5. ^ http://premiumtimesng.com/regional/153544-botmang-former-plateau-governor-dies-76.html