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Alleged N3.1 billion shares diversion: Benue group demands accelerated hearing

BENUE, Nigeria – Benue Allied Patriots for Advancement and Progress (BAPAP) has demanded for accelerated dispensation of justice in the alleged diversion of N3.1 billion proceeds of sales of shares in Dangote Cement and Julius Berger PLC involving Senator Gabriel Suswam.


In a letter addressed to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Justice J. T. Tsoho, the group expressed concern that the case had tarried for three years without any meaningful progress.

The group feared that justice might elude Benue people if the case was handled with kid gloves, any further.

“We pray God to always guide your thoughts in taking all decisions and guard you against all forms of devilish mechanization in all your endeavours as you perform your official engagements fearlessly and devoid of involvement is corrupt practices.

“We wish to draw your attention to the case of the former Governor of Benue state and now serving senator representing Benue Northeast constituency, Gabriel Torwua Suswam.

“Suswam has been standing trials over sundry corruption charges arising from his alleged leading role in looting Benue state to an alarming level.

“At the moment, he is before the Justice Okon Abang High Court to answer on his alleged diversion of proceeds of sales of state shares in Dangote Cement (formerly Benue Cement Company pls) and Julius Berger Plc amounting to N3.1bn to his personal coffers.

“We had admired the speedy level Abang started the case that has been on for over 3 years now. But following development from the last adjournment, we are beginning to be worried.

“If a single individual would depict such insatiable quest for wealth to an unprecedented level using h! the office he ascended through the collective goodwill of the people, then we can only say we need justice because we deserve better.

“What we do not understand is why when taken to court to seek justice, we observed he is being treated with kid gloves, taking adjournments upon adjournments with the intention to delay the case till maybe a particular administration expires,” they said.

Justice J. T. Tsoho who hails from Benue State was confirmed Chief Judge of the Federal High Court last week by the Senate upon request by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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