Gabriel Suswam

Tobi Soniyi
The Benue State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr. Michael Gusah, has written a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) on behalf of the state government to commence another fresh probe against the immediate past governor of the state, Gabriel Suswam.

A highly placed source at the commission yesterday told THISDAY yesterday that the petition was signed by the state attorney-general and was received at about 3p.m. on last Monday at the Wuse II headquarters of the EFCC.

According to the source, Gusah also attached the comprehensive report of the Justice Elizabeth Kpojime-led probe panel that investigated the administration Suswam to the petition.

The Benue State Government wants the anti- graft agency to look into the petition and initiate prosecution against the former governor, 51 others and 10 companies.

Already Suswam is facing a N3.1billion alleged fraud before a Federal High court in Abuja relating to the same issue raised by the Justice Kpojime led probe panel.

The panel in its over 240-page report, recommended that Suswam refund various sums of money to the state government‎.

The report said Suswam and many of his appointees including civil servants who held key positions in his administration allegedly engaged in dubious expenditures running into billions of naira.

Already the former governor through his lawyer, Chief Joseph Daudu (SAN), is in court challenging the probe panel report.
Suswam had dismissed the probe panel report as based on falsehood and speculation.