Why Suswam’s arraignment was aborted by AGF


Details have emerged on why the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Alhaji Abubakar Malami, today stopped the much-awaited arraignment of a former governor of Benue state, Dr. Gabriel Suswam, his erstwhile finance commissioner, Mr. Omadachi Oklobia and one Mrs Janet Aluga.

The trio of Suswam, Oklobia and Aluga were to be arraigned today (Wednesday) before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court in Abuja as a result of some frivolous petitions sent to the police by the government of Benue state.

Also, Nigerian Concord gathered that the governor of the state, Mr. Samuel Ortom, who is in South Africa had made some funds available to members of the APC social media team to enable them make the reports coming from the aborted arraignment go viral.

But the AGF, after he was properly briefed by lawyers at the Federal Ministry of Justice that the arraignment was a plot by Governor Ortom to embarrass his predecessor, Dr. Suswam, instructed the police to immediately sent the case file to his office thereby forcing Justice Gabriel Kolawole to adjourn the case sine dine (indefinitely)

Suswam who ruled Benue State from 2007 to 2015 was accused of fraudulently diverting over N3.1billion from coffers of the state in the two sets of charges marked FHC/ABJ/CR/255/ 2016 and FHC/ABJ/CR/256/2016, containing six and two counts respectively, with former Commissioner of Finance, Mr. Omodachi Okolobia and one Janet Aluga also cited as co-defendants.

This newspaper gathered that the Justice minister stopped the arraignment when it became obvious that the arraignment was a desperate measure by Governor Ortom to ensure that his predecessor is sent to prison.