Gabriel Suswam, a former governor of Benue State has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nigeria’s anti-graft agency over alleged corruption during his tenure as governor from 2007 to May 2015.
Suswam, who left office on May 29, this year, is alleged to have made away with state funds running into billions of Naira and is to defend himself against the charges.
Speaking with newsmen a short while ago, the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwajuren confirmed that Suswan was arrested Monday and is being quizzed by the anti-graft agency.
“He was invited by the EFCC in connection with ongoing corruption investigation in Benue state,” he said.
Recall that the commission on Friday grilled his former finance commissioner, Omadachi Oklobia for hours in Abuja with a view to eliciting vital information that may help them in confronting Suswam.
Oklobia, who is also said to be involved in the Suswam alleged corruption case, reported to the Wuse 2 head office of the EFCC around 10 am and was questioned under what a source in the agency called ‘under caution’ because of his ‘complicity in the case.
A top source told our correspondent that Oklobia, who served as finance commissioner under Suswam was invited by the commission to defend allegations of diversion of public funds, abuse of office, embezzlement and fraud committed by them while in office.
“Oklobia arrived the EFCC office in Abuja at about 10 am where his statement was obtained under caution based on his complicity in the allegations of diversion of Benue State funds while they were in office,” the source said.
The incumbent Benue State Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, has already raised a Judicial Commission of Enquiry to probe ex-governor Suswam for alleged looting of funds running into hundreds of millions of money.