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N16.6bn funds: Court remands Suswam’s ex-aide, others

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday remanded in Suleja Prison, Niger State, a former aide to a former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, and two other officials for allegedly diverting the state’s N16.6bn.

The Attorney-General of the Federation’s office, which filed nine counts against the defendants, alleged that the three men diverted the sum of N16.6bn from Benue State’s bank accounts dedicated for the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme and the Joint Allocation Account for Local Government funds.

The money was allegedly diverted by the defendants between June 27, 2011 and May 29, 2015, the day Suswam completed his second term in office.

The first defendant is a former special adviser to the ex-governor on Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Solomon Wombo, who doubled as the chairman, Joint Allocation Account for Local Government Committee in the state.

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