EFCC steps up game, prosecutes Suswam, others for over N5.4b fraud

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By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has within the last two days stepped up its game in prosecuting corruption cases.
Besides the ongoing case of 2.1 billion dollars arms probe, the commission between Monday and Tuesday prosecuted suspects in cases involving over N5.4b with former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam leading the pack with a N3.1bn Fraud, allegedly siphoned state funds.
An operative with the EFCC, Junaid Sa’id, testifying in the ongoing trial of former Benue governor and his finance commissioner, Omodachi Okolobia on Monday told Justice A. R. Mohammed of the Federal High Court, sitting in Maitama, Abuja, that Suswan diverted proceeds from the sale of shares owned by the Benue State government and Benue Investment and Property Company Limited.
Also on Monday, the EFCC, commenced trial of a former Director- General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi and five others in a N2.3billion NIMASA Scam before Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court Lagos, with a startling revelation of how a fashion designer, Chukuemeka Benjamin was paid N546million for services not rendered by the maritime agency
The duo of Valentino Chibueze Enudi and Monday Adewale Lawal before Justice Valentine Ashi of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja on a 15-count charge bordering on forgery and obtaining by false pretence.
The EFCC on Tuesday, arraigned one Dr M.O Shona of Mos-Metro Hospital, Tudunwada, Sabon Gari, Kano before Justice Nuhu Y. Galandanci of State High Court Kano on one count charge bordering on advance fee fraud.
Also on Tuesday, EFCC arraigned one Muhammed Ishaq, a former Zonal Land Manager, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), before Justice Bello Kawu of the FCT High Court, sitting in Kubwa, Abuja on an 11-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy, forgery, obtaining money by false pretence and abuse of office to the tune of N5m ( Five Million Naira).
For issuing a dud cheque of N15m, two other suspects, Sani Endurance and Hilary Odo were arraigned on Tuesday before Justice A.O Onovo of Enugu State High Court, Nsukka on a 22-count charge bordering on conspiracy forgery and stealing to the tune of N10.3 million.
The suspects allegedly conspired among themselves and reactivated three accounts belonging to customers of a new generation bank without the customers’ consent and diverted the funds for personal benefits.

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