Benue Probe: Suswam Summoned To Explain 33 Issues Of Financial Fraud

Posted: December 7, 2015 in Crime, Governance, News
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Former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam has been summoned by judicial commission of enquiry set up by his successor, Dr Samuel Ortom to probe the financial dealings of the past administration.

In a letter signed by the commissions chairman, Justice Elizabeth Kpojime, Suswam is to appear before it on Wednesday, 9th December, 2015 to answer to about 33 issues of financial misappropriation recorded during his tenure as Governor.

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The issues bother around the contract to Bi-Water and subsequent award and revision of the contract to MS Gilmor construction for the greater Makurdi water works, N14bn SURE-P funds and approval of N704m as scholarships.

He is expected to provide all relevant information and documents relating to his financial approvals.

Amongst the questions Suswam is supposed to answer, are the reasons behind  the termination of the contract to Bi-Water and subsequent award and revision of the contract to MS gilmor  construction for the greater Makurdi water works and respective payments for the contract.

Suswam is also to explain to the Commission details about the approval and disbursement of over N68 billion under the sub-head “logistics funds for security surveillance” where more than N1 billion was spent monthly in some cases during his time as governor.

The former governor is  also to clear the air on receipt and utilization of about N14b SURE-P funds that accrued to the state during his tenure, approval of N414m and N290m as scholarship amongst others.

Other matters Dr Suswam is required to provide answers to are the approval and utilization of huge cash withdrawals from various accounts of the Bureau for local government and chieftaincy affairs in First Bank, FCMB and Sterling Bank to the tune of over N48 billion between 2011 and May this year.

The immediate past governor is also to provide explanation before the Judicial Commission about authorisation and/or receipt of various cash sums from his aides or agents and the utilisation of same.  

Dr Suswam is expected to appear before the Kpojime Judicial Commission of Inquiry at 10am on Wednesday this week.

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