Monday, 12 October 2015

SHOCKING NEWS: EFCC Arrests Former Governor Of Benue State For...

Former Benue state governor, Gabriel Suswam, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Gabriel Suswam, former governor of Benue state, has been under probe by his successor, Governor Samuel Ortom.

The arrest was made on Monday, October 12,  following allegations of corrupt practices said to have occurred during his tenure as governor.

Suswam governed Benue state between 2007 and May 2015, as of the time of this report, the EFCC was questioning him at their office in Abuja over alleged graft in his state.

Premium Times reports that the arrest was confirmed by Wilson Uwajuren, spokesperson for the EFCC.

Meanwhile, Omadachi Oklobia, former Benue state commissioner for finance, was grilled on Friday, October 10, by the EFCC.

Oklobia, who served under Gabriel Suswam, was reportedly invited by the anti-graft agency, to defend the charges of fraud, embezzlement, diversion of public funds and abuse of office, while he was in charge of the state’s bursary.

Reports from the Abuja office of the EFFC reveals that at about 10am on the said day, Oklobia’s statement was obtained under caution based on his alleged complicity in the allegations.

It would be recalled that the embattled ex-governor, Suswam, who is being probed by his successor- Samuel Ortom, reportedly said that he was not afraid to face the EFCC.

The ex-governor added that the probe is likely to set a bad precedent in the state, adding that anyone could be next on the line.

It was reported that in a bid to stop the panel constituted by his successor to investigate his administration, Suswam filed a suit at a high court in Makurdi.

He filed the suit on Monday, October 5 through his counsel Dave Iorhemba, to challenge the establishment of the panel.