Jubilation As Court Releases Suswam’s Traveling Documents
Written By Abiodun Oluwarotimi and Samson Adejumo
The entire camp of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) both in Benue state and Abuja was thrown into jubilation as a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja released the traveling documents of former governor of Benue, Dr. Gabriel Suswam.
Suswam who is presently facing trial over charges of funds misappropriation had his traveling documents seized by the court when he initially appeared for trial.
Saying that he spent all the funds allocated to, and internally generated by the state during his eight year reign judiciously, the former governor also claimed that the incumbent governor of the state, Chief Samuel Ortom, was just making all the false allegations against him out of bitterness.
Suswam’s supporters had also maintained that Governor Samuel Ortom was just persecuting Suswam politically.
But Suswam has been able to prove his innocence beyond doubt, saying that he operated a very transparent administration while he was governor of the North Central state.
He also proved to the public that he didn’t embezzle any public funds while he governed the state.
Having considered that Gabriel Suswam may not be found wanting for any of the allegations preferred against him, the Federal High Court granted his request and released his traveling documents back to him.
An unscheduled visit to Markurdi, Benue state capital by Nigerian Concord on Tuesday showed the positive disposition of the indegenes of the state towards the court’s decision.
Those who spoke with our reporter on the development welcomed the court’s decision to released Suswam’s traveling papers.
They said that he was the only governor who had come and made a good impact in the lives of Benue people.
They lauded his achievements in the areas of security, health, education, rural beautification, infrastructural development among others.
They however urged Governor Samuel Ortom to stop using the resources of the state for cheap political persecution. They also urged him to follow Suswam’s steps with which he positively transformed the state in eight years.