More Troubles For Ex-Benue State Governor, Suswam

Former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam
Former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam

Former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, is in for another round of corruption trial as the Inspector General of Police, IGP, has filed a fresh six-count charge of N7.5 billion fraud against him.

In the case which was mentioned before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the FCT high court, Abuja, on Wednesday, Suswam was alleged to have conspired with his former Finance Commissioner, Omadaki Oklobia, and one Janet Aluga to launder the said amount.

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Prosecuting counsel, David Igbodo, told the court that the office of the Inspector-General of Police was collaborating with the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation on the case.

“There is a recent development that made the IGP request that the file be sent to the AGF because of the quantum of evidence involved,” Igbodo said.

He asked the court to adjourn the case indefinitely to enable both offices conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.

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Igbodo also informed the court that the accused persons were not in court as a result of the new development, adding that they were on police bail and not in custody.

The Defence counsel, Abbas Ochogwu, did not oppose the request for the indefinite adjournment in the case.

Justice Kolawale subsequently granted Igbodo’s prayer.

Recall that Suswam and Oklobia are already standing trial before Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the same FCT high court for allegedly diverting about N3.1 billion, belonging to the Benue government.

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According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, both men were accused of diverting proceeds of the sale of shares owned by the Benue State government and Benue Investment and Property Company Limited, for their personal use.