Former Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam has been arraigned on a fresh 32-count charge of fraud at a Federal High Court in Abuja by the Federal Government.
Suswam who had been in DSS custody since 25th February over allegation of possession of firearms found inside the boot of one of his cars is standing trial, alongside his former commissioner for finance, Mr. Omadachi Oklobia and Jeneth Aluga, a former accountant general of Benue for allegedly diverting about N3.1 billion from the Benue State subsidy reinvestment programme, SURE-P.
The Federal Government had on Jan. 25, asked the court to adjourn sine die, a fresh N7 billion criminal charge filed against Suswam by the office of the Inspector-General of Police.
It will be recalled that Mr. Suswam had, on May 10th, 2017, withdrawn a N10 billion fundamental human rights suit earlier instituted against the Department of State Services (DSS) seeking an order of unconditional release from detention.
He had asked the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to order the DSS to award him N10 billion as compensation for unlawful incarceration and violation of his Fundamental Human Rights.