Tuesday, 10 November 2015

An Abuja Federal High Court has settled bail to Gabriel Suswam, the ex-governor of Benue state.

The former governor together with the former commissioner of finance in the state are accusing of supposed mismanagement of over 3.1 billion naira belonging to the state.
He was escorted into the court premises by officials of the anti-graft agency.
The sum of the bail is 100 million naira each and one security each who shall be not less than a director, grade level 12 in the employment of the federal, state or local government.
The two accused politicians are to give in to passports in the custody of the court.
Trial has been adjourned till December 8 and 9, while bail was not denied by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The offence is punishable under Section 15, Subsection 3 of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act as amended in 2012.
Suswam is being arraigned before Justice A. R. Mohammed over a 9-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of 3.1 billion Naira.
The EFCC had questioned both men lin October but released them on administrative bail.
The embattled erstwhile governor has denied the accusation.

Things you should know about the new EFCC chairman

Ibrahim Magu

Below are 9 things you should know about the new EFCC boss.

1. He was one of the early recruits into the EFCC by Nuhu Ribadu

2. He served as head of the Economic Governance Unit (EGU) of the EFCC during the tenure of Ribadu as chairman of the commission.

3. As head of the EGU, he spearheaded investigations into corrupt governors, including former Delta governor, James Ibori the role of former Kwara state governor and Senate president, Bukola Saraki, in the collapse of Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria.

4. In August 2008, he was accused of illegally keeping case files of top politicians being investigated by the commission. After days of detention with nothing incriminating found against him he was re-deployed to the police. He was later suspended from the police, going without salaries for several months.

5. During his tenure as Head of the Governance Unit of the EFCC, Magu developed a reputation as a no-nonsense anti-corruption investigator of the high and mighty.

6. He was Chief Superintendent of Police in Ado-Ekiti.

7. In 2012, he was elevated to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police.

8. Magu is a recipient of USG and London Metropolitan Police institute training.

9. He is a member of the investigative committee convened by National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the procurement of arms in the Armed Forces from 2007 till now.