Abuja - The trial of Gabriel Suswan, former
governor of Benue State, is set to continue the Federal High Court Abuja this
He is under probe alongside his then-Commissioner of
Finance, Okolobia Okpanachi.
Suswan and Okolobia are facing a nine-count charge
bordering on diversion of N3,1 billion during his tenure as governor.
He was governor from 2007 to 2015.
On Monday, a prosecution witness, Brijid Shiedie,
managing director and chief executive officer, Benue Investment and Property
Company Limited (BIPCL), told Justice Mohammed of , how the sum of N1bn was
allegedly paid to Elixir Security Limited, after a meeting with Okpanachi. ? ?
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?At the hearing, led in evidence by
prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, she further told the court Elixir was
invited by the state government to carry out a check of where the state’s
shares were domiciled and consolidate them in one stock- broking firm.
?She added that the state government
consequently needed BIPCL, as the custodian of the shares, to sign, in order to
enable Elixir achieve the mandate of consolidating the shares. ? ?
?The witness also told the court both
Suswan and Okpanachi directed BIPCL to pay Elixir the proceeds of Benue State
shares, into two accounts, provided by the ministry of finance letter head.
?However, she said that no specific
amount was indicated in the correspondence.
?The defence counsel, Joseph Daudu, asked for an
adjournment to enable him cross-examine the witness, saying she was crucial to
- CAJ News