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Court Fixes Suswam’s Trial For Nov 9

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has fixed November 9, 2016, for the continuation of the trial of former Benue State state governor, Gabriel Suswam.

The court adjourned the matter when it became clear that the trial judge, Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed was indisposed.

The former governor was charged before the court over allegd fraud.

In June, Justice Mohammed disqualified himself from presiding over the trial of Mr Suswam and Okolobia Okpanachi, the former finance commissioner of Benue State, are being tried on a nine-count charge bordering on conspiracy, abuse of office, and the looting of N3.1 billion in public funds.

Mr Suswam and Okolobia Okpanachi, the former finance commissioner of Benue State, are being tried on a nine-count charge bordering on conspiracy, abuse of office, and the looting of N3.1 billion in public funds.

An online medium had reported that Justice Mohammed was bribed to pervert justice

Mr Mohammed announced that he would step down from the case after it was revealed by a SaharaReporters investigation that he received bribe money from Mr. Suswam in exchange for granting the former governor a favorable ruling.

But the Chief Judge of the court, Justice Ibrahim Auta rejected the decision of Justice Mohammed to withdraw from the case and ordered him to continue with the trial.

 

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