Suswam Trial: Court declares EFCC witness hostile

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Monday, in the ongoing trial of Gabriel Suswam, former Benue State governor, declared that a prosecution witness called by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was “hostile.”

EFCC is prosecuting Suswam and Omodachi Okolobia, the Commissioner for Finance, in his administration, on money laundering charges.

They were alleged to have diverted the sum  of N3,111,008,018.51, said to have been pilfered from proceeds of the sale of shares owned by the state government.

The witness is one Abubakar Umar.

Umar is the fourth prosecution witness called by the EFCC to testify against Suswam.

He is the owner of a bureau de change firm, Fanffash Resources, and had in his testimony, gave a vivid account of how Suswam allegedly instructed a cumulative transfer of N3.1 billion into his company’s account between August and October 2014.

Umar had told the court that Suswam instructed that the money be converted to dollar equivalent.

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