EFCC arraigns four for attempting to defraud Benue Governor, Suswam, of N450mn

Gabriel Suswam

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday arraigned four men for attempting to defraud the Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam.

Mark Gbaa -alias Nasiru Nasamu, Ezekiel Azi, Bulus Agwom, and Nuhu Atangs were arraigned before Justice E.N. Kpojime of the Benue State High Court, Makurdi, on a six-count charge of impersonation, forgery and criminal conspiracy to obtain the sum of $3 million from Mr. Suswam.

The accused persons, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, were alleged to have conspired to falsely present themselves as EFCC operatives investigating the accounts of Benue State Local Governments and had sought for the money to “kill” the case.

In a bid to actualize the scheme, one of them, Bulus Agom, who was dismissed from the Nigerian Police Force in June 2012, was alleged to have forged a Nigerian Police warrant of arrest card no 35231 which he presented to the governor.

Thereafter, Mr. Suswam alerted the Department of State Security, DSS, who arrested and handed him over to the EFCC.

It was at the EFCC office that Messrs Bulus and Attangs made statements that led to the arrest of others.

Having taken their plea, Prosecution Counsel, J.O Uzor, asked that they be remanded in prison custody and requested for a date to commence trial.

This was opposed by the defence counsel, E.A. kume, for the first accused and Izang Aware for the second, third and fourth accused persons.

Justice Kpojime, however, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N200, 000 each and a surety in like sum. He said that the surety must be a civil servant in the service of the Benue State Government who must not be less than grade level 12. He further said that all sureties and accused persons must deposit their passports. The case was adjourned to May 15 for trial.


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