Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Benue Panel Report Predetermined To Ridicule Me – Suswam

The immediate past Governor of Benue State, Dr. Gabriel Suswam, on Tuesday said report of the probe panel put in place to probe his eight -year – tenure was predetermined to tarnish his image and reduce his political relevance.

He said members of the panel were partisan from the onset because they were mostly from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Justice Kpojime Commission of Inquiry which investigated the income and expenditure of Benue State from 2007 to 2015 submitted its report to the state government last Friday.

It recommended that 52 individuals, including Suswam and 10 corporate bodies should refund over N107 billion to the state coffers.

But Suswam in a statement in Abuja said he was not surprised at the recommendations of the commission.

The ex-governor said when the commission was inaugurated, he complained about its partisan composition.

He said: “The recommendation that I and 51 officials who served in various capacities and 10 corporate organizations should refund N107billion to the Benue State Government is laughable, unrealistic and the testimony of political witch hunt as no such money could have been taken out of government treasury under any circumstances during my stay in office.

“I want to make it abundantly clear that no such financial improprieties as contained in the report existed in the administration I superintended over. These figures are non-existent and are a product of the imagination of the authors of that report.”

He said the report had proven right his earlier suspicion that Governor Samuel Ortom, was desperately looking for any flimsy justification to ridicule him before the right thinking members of the public for political gains.

He added: “The probe panel was a wild goose chase. How could the state government probe all the eight years of our administration from the very first day to the last day in office? Does it mean everything we did in office as an elected government with the popular mandate of the people was wrong? Does it mean we didn’t have the mandate as an elected government to execute projects or deliver on our promises?”


  1. U were given opportunity to explanin what u know but u refuse to show up

    1. Susan is a thief and should be arrested and brought to justice. He destroyed Benue.

  2. Enter your comment... suswam no shaking, a cooking pot for chameleon is a cooking pot for lizard.... ortom wil b the worst 2 prope after only 4 years. let,s see!!!