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N3.1bn fraud: Judge grants Gov. Suswam N100m bail

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N3.1bn fraud: Judge grants Gov. Suswam N100m bail

Former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, will remain in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, until he meets his bail conditions, a Federal High Court, Abuja, ruled on Tuesday.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed gave the order in response to a boil application moved by Ahmed Raji SAN, on behalf of Suswam and his ex-Commissioner of Finance, Omodachi Okolobia.

Suswam and Okolobia are currently being tried on a nine-count charge, bordering on criminal breach of trust, conspiracy and money laundering to which they both pleaded not guilty.

Prosecution counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacob, SAN, did not oppose the bail application of the defendants on the ground that they had been granted administrative bail by the EFCC and had not jumped bail.

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Justice Mohammed held that the respondents be granted bail in the sum of N100 million each and a surety each in like sum.

“The surety must be a civil servant of not less than the cadre of Director in the federal, state or local government service. In the alternative, the surety must have a national honour and must swear to an affidavit of means.

“The defendants shall submit their international passport to the registrar of the court.

“Failure to meet these requirements, the defendants shall be remanded in the EFCC custody pending the perfection of their bail conditions.’’

Suswam and Okolobia were charged by the EFCC for alleged diversion of a total sum of N3.1 billion, realised from the sale of shares owned by Benue State Government and Benue Investments and Property Ltd.

Justice Mohammed adjourned the case till Dec. 8 for trial.

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