The Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday stalled the scheduled arraignment of a former Governor of Benue State, Mr. Gabriel Suswam, before a Federal High Court in Abuja on charges of diverting the sum of N9,791,602,453.8 belonging to the state.

The Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation had on March 27 filed 32 counts against Suswam alongside a former Commissioner of Finance in Suswam’s administration, Mr. Omadachi Oklobia, and the then Accountant of the Benue State Government House Administration, Mrs. Janet Aluga.

The prosecution accused the defendants of diverting the sum of N9,791,602,453.8, part of which was meant for police reform and the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme.

The SURE-P scheme was set up by the then President Goodluck Jonathan administration following the part removal of fuel subsidy in 2012.
Gabriel Suswan

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