Alleged N9.7bn fraud: Court admits more evidence against Suswam

Former Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam, has been invited by the Department of State Services, DSS.

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday admitted additional documents in evidence in the 32-count charge preferred against former Benue Governor, Gabriel Suswam by the Federal Government.

At the resumed trial, the Federal Government, through its counsel, Aminu Alilu, tendered documents showing how N450 million was allegedly withdrawn from the state’s treasury.

The second prosecution witness, a cashier at the Benue Government House, tendered the documents.

The witness said that the money was said to be for the augmentation of 10 months running cost for the Government House.

At the resumed trial, the Federal Government, through its counsel, Aminu Alilu, tendered documents showing how N450 million was allegedly withdrawn from the state’s treasury.

The second prosecution witness, a cashier at the Benue Government House, tendered the documents.

The witness said that the money was said to be for the augmentation of 10 months running cost for the Government House.

The defendants allegedly cornered the funds between 2012 and 2015 when Suswam was governor of the state.

They are also accused of conspiracy, conversion of property derived directly from corruption; collaboration to conceal property derived from corruption; obtaining by false pretence and accepting cash payments, exceeding the amount authorised by law.

The offences are said to be contrary to, and punishable under various provisions of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011, and the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act.(NAN)

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