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Benue State "Governor" in court for extortion

24 June 2015, 20:55

Lagos - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a suspect for impersonating a former governor and attempting to extort money from some foreigners under the pretence of giving them contracts.

Joseph Onoja Gabriel has appeared before Justice Lawal Akapo of the Lagos State High Court Ikeja on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy to defraud, personation, forgery and using false documents.

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Operatives of the EFCC arrested him sometime in 2014 following a petition that he impersonated Gabriel Suswan, the immediate past  governor of Benue State.  

He had attempted to extort money from some foreigners  under the pretence of giving them contracts.

Aside from that, the accused also allegedly procured a fake international passport bearing the name of the  former governor but with his own passport photograph.

It is alleged the suspect defrauded one Abdulrahman Nocari of the United Arab Emirates by presenting himself as Suswan and falsely soliciting a false investment proposal in Real Estates, Hospitality, Tourism, Oil and Gas and Information Technology.

It is also he falsely represented himself to one Abdulrahman Nocari of the United Arab Emirates as Suswan to solicit false investment proposal from him.

When the charges were read to him, Gabriel pleaded not guilty.

Justice Akapo ordered that the defendant be remanded in Kirikiri maximum prison pending his bail application and adjourned the case to November 23-25 for trial.

- CAJ News


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