Tuesday, 10 May 2016

N10bn Benue Investment : Prosecutor’s absence stalls Suswam’s trial

The trial of the former governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswam before Justice Ahmed Mohammed of an Abuja Federal High Court has been stalled till June 6, 2016 due to the absence of Rotimi Jacobs SAN, the prosecuting counsel in the matter.

At the resumption of trial, Oluwaleke Atolagbe who represented Jacobs, told the court that the matter which was slated for continuation of hearing could not go on, as the lead counsel was at that time involved in another matter involving former governor of Plateau state, Joshua Dariye.

While seeking for an adjournment, counsel to Suswam, Joseph Daudu SAN affirmed to the court that he had been briefed, and therefore would not be opposing the application for an adjournment.

The trial judge, Justice Mohammed subsequently adjourned the matter to June 6, 2016 for continuation of trial.
Suswam and Omodachi Okolobia are being prosecuted by the EFCC on a 9-count charge bordering on money laundering, abuse of office and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N10billion.

Suswan and Okolobia were alleged to have diverted the proceeds of the sale of shares owned by the Benue State government and Benue Investment and Property Company Limited, offence punishable under Section 15, Sub-section 3 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act as amended in 2012.


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