N9.79bn Extortion: Ex-Governor Of Benue “Suswam” Remanded In Kuje Jail

The Government High Court sitting in Abuja has requested a previous Legislative head of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, and two of his previous helpers, to be remanded in Kuje Detainment facilities, Abuja.

The Justice, on Monday, amid court session, made the remand arrange after the three respondents were charged on 32 tallies of diversion of an aggregate total of N9.79bn implied for the Endowment Reinvestment and Strengthening Project.

In spite of the fact that the judge allowed each of the three respondents safeguard in the total of N250m, among different conditions, he requested that they ought to be remanded in jail pending when Chief Registrar, Litigation of the federal high court Abuja would advise the court that the bail conditions had been met. The arraignment had asserted in the 32 counts favored as a detriment to the three litigants that an aggregate of N9,791,602,453.8 was implied for the SURE- P scheme and a little portion of it for police change.

The arraignment likewise included that the cash was professedly redirected by the litigants in the vicinity of 2012 and 2015 when Suswam was the governor of the state.The indictment charged the three litigants in the 32 tallies of conspiracy, change of property, which is an aggregate entirety of N9.79bn, purportedly got through corruption; coordinated effort to disguise the property gotten from debasement; getting by misrepresentations and tolerating money installments surpassing the sum approved by the law.

The offenses were said to be in opposition to and culpable under the different sections of the Money Laundering (PROHIBITION) Act, 2011 and Propel Expense Extortion and Other Related Offenses Act. Notwithstanding Suswam and his co-litigants pleaded not guilty to all the 32 counts when perused to them before Justice Kolawole. Aside Suswam, others named as litigants are former commissioners in Benue State, Mr. Omadachi Oklobia, and a previous Bookkeeper, Benue State Government House House Admin, Mrs. Janet Aluga.After much thought, Justice Kolawole settled October 10, 17, 19, 20 at 11.45am on each of the days for the trial.