Abuja - Former Governor of Benue State,
Gabriel Suswam, is scheduled to return to court early next month to answer to a
plethora of charges leveled against him.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has
arraigned him and his Finance Commissioner, Omodachi Okolobia, before Justice
Muhammad of the Federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, on a 9-count
charge of conspiracy, bribery, abuse of office and obtaining by false pretence.
Suswan, in connivance with Okolobia allegedly diverted
proceeds of the sale of shares owned by the Benue State government and Benue
Investment and Property Company Limited for personal use.
It is alleged between August and October last year in
Abuja, they unlawfully took possession of the sum of $15, 8 million from one
Abubakra Umar of Fanffash Resources World-wide Limited, a Bureau de Change
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It is alleged they knew the funds to be the proceed of
unlawful activity to wit: theft of the sum of N3,1 billion which formed part of
the sum of N9,4 billion realized from the sale of shares owned by Benue
Government and Benue Investment and
Property Company Limited.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge
preferred against them when on Wednesday.
Justice Muhammad admitted the accused persons to bail in
the sum of N100 million each and one surety each in like sum.
While fixing December 8 and 9, 2015 for commencement of
trial, Justice Muhammad ordered the accused persons to be kept in EFCC custody
pending the fulfillment of the bail conditions.
Suswan, a People’s Democratic Party member, was
governor between 2007 and earlier this year.
- CAJ News