Thursday, 25 June 2015

Man Held For Impersonating Former-Benue Governor, Suswam

A man has been remanded in custody for allegedly impersonating the former governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswam.

A Lagos state High Court presided over by Justice Lawal Akapo remanded the accused, one Joseph Gabriel, for allegedly extorting money from some foreigners by pretending to be Suswam, Daily Post reports.

Gabriel was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on a four-count charge of conspiracy to defraud, impersonation, forgery and using false documents.

According to the law enforcement agency, Gabriel was arrested in 2014 following a petition that he impersonated Gabriel Suswam. The accused also allegedly procured a fake international passport bearing the name of the former governor but with his own passport photograph.

Part of the charge reads, “That you, Joseph Gabriel, Augustine Akile (at large), and Victor Kayode (at large), on or about October 29, 2014, in Lagos, within the Ikeja Judicial Division, conspired to defraud one Abdulrahman Nocari of the United Arab Emirates by falsely presenting to him that you are Gabriel Suswam, the Governor of Benue State, and falsely soliciting a false investment proposal in real estates, hospitality, tourism and oil and gas, which you falsely claim will accumulate 15% interest to him.”

Count 2: “Joseph Onoja Gabriel, on or about 29th of October 2014 at Ikeja within the Ikeja Judicial Division falsely represented yourself to one Abdulrahman Nocari of the United Arab Emirates that you are Gabriel Torwua Suswan, the Governor of Benue State to solicit false investment proposal from him”.

Gabriel, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read.

Justice Akapo consequently ordered that Gabriel be remanded in the Kirikiri maximum security prison pending his bail application and adjourned the case to November 23, 24 and 25, 2015, for trial.

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