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N12m fraud: Police conclude investigations on Suswam, set to arrest former Benue governor

Written By Idoma Television on Sunday, January 15, 2017 | 5:01:00 AM

The police high command has concluded its investigations into the findings of a probe panel which indicted the former governor of Benue State, Dr. Gabriel Suswam over alleged laundering of N12 billion. The Justice Elizabeth Kpojime Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Ortom, had in its report, said that Suswam and some of those who served in his administration had a case to answer.
The panel’s report was forwarded by Ortom to the Inspector General of Police for study and subsequent prosecution of those indicted.

Impeccable sources have disclosed that a special investigation panel set up by the IGP has concluded investigations. The IGP, it was learnt, is set to arraign the former governor and some of his alleged collaborators at an Abuja High Court on January 25.
Suswam may be arraigned on that date with one of his former commissioners and an accountant who served in a strategic office.

In two separate suits, the Inspector General of Police had preferred five and four count charges against the accused for money laundering.
The charge reads as follows:
“Between 2011 and 2015 at Makurdi, Benue State, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, conspired among yourselves, to wit, the unlawful transfer of a total sum of about N8, 315, 079, 692. 07 (Eight billion, three hundred and fifteen million, seventy nine thousand, six hundred and ninety two naira, seven kobo), from the Benue State SURE P account numbers 1013470079 and 0116099195, domiciled in Zenith and Guarantee Trust Banks respectively to Government House Administration Account number 1010658643 and0027952907, domiciled in Zenith and Guaranty Trust Banks respectively and Ministry of Finance Account number 0113852648 domiciled in Zenith Bank, with intent to conceal the money which you know or reasonably ought to know, forms part of proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: fraud and corruption and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 18 and punishable under section 15 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 as amended.”

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