Ex-Benue Governor Gabriel Suswam In EFCC Detention Over N3.1Billion Money Laundering Case

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Nov 10, 2015 – Ex-Benue Governor Gabriel Suswam In EFCC Detention Over N3.1Billion Money Laundering Case

The EFCC today Tuesday arraigned Gabriel Suswam, former Governor of Benue State in court over a nine-count charge largely bordering on money laundering to the tune of N3.1 billion at the Federal High Court Abuja.

Suswan who was governor of Benue State from 2007 to 2015 was arraigned alongside his commissioner for finance, Omadaki Oklobia charges which bordered on Section 15(2, 3) of the Money Laundering Act (2011). He was escorted into the court premises by officials of the anti-graft agency.

The former Governor and the Commissioner pleaded not guilty to the charges and their counsel, Ahmed Raji, asked the court to grant them bail on self recognition.

But Rotimi Jacobs, the prosecution counsel who was not opposed to the bail said it should not be on self recognition since a former Governor has jumped bail in the past. Consequently, Justice A. R Mohammed granted bail to the two accused on provision of a N100 million bond, two sureties who must be senior civil servants of level 12 and above, or any person occupying a national office.

The accused, the Judge ruled will remain in the custody of the EFCC until they perfected their bail conditions.

Suswam and Okolobia were alleged to have diverted the proceeds of the sale of shares owned by the Benue State government and Benue Investment and Property Company Ltd. EFCC had on October grilled the former governor and his former finance commissioner over the allegations.

The anti-graft agency had consequently on 2 October, 2015 filed a nine-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N3.1 billion at a Federal High Court, Abuja.

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4 thoughts on “Ex-Benue Governor Gabriel Suswam In EFCC Detention Over N3.1Billion Money Laundering Case

  1. How can this Judge set a bond at #100 million naira? if you look at the amount involve in this case is over 3 billion. This gave the accusee the leeway to do whatever they can do to pervert justice. The bond should have been set for at least half of what they were alleged stolen. The reason why court system always set bond for temporary release is to make sure that the accuse show up for his/her case. In case they fail to show up, that bond will be used to offset or substitute for disobeying the law. My question now is, Is #100 million naira enough to justify the nature of their offence?. That is the reason why our judiciary branch is the one hampering justice in this Country. Pardon my typo

  2. That is why I hate Nigeria leaders so much in the senses that, if not poor man steal 20,000 Now they won hav sentence him 100 years in preson. may god punish all these our corrupt leader!!

  3. Why is all over 140 prison in nigeria,you can’t find any politician in prison for money laundry or coruption, only those of piking pocket criminers,&mere phone snacher etc? What is happen with our judges?,are there also part of it?

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