I Handed Over $15.8m to Suswam at his Residence in Maitama – Witness Insists

(EFCC Press ) The fourth prosecution in the trial a former governor of Benue State Gabriel Suswam before Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abubakar Umar, on March 24, 2021 narrated how he handed over the sum of $15.8m to the former governor at his Maitama residence, Abuja.

Recall the , a Bureau De Change Operator and CEO of Fanffash Resources, has been in the box since 2018. At a stage in the trail, he was declared hostile, after he recanted on the statement he volunteered to the EFCC, while being led in evidence by Rotimi Jacobs SAN.  In his statement before the EFCC, he wrote he took the money to the governor at his residence in in Maitama Abuja but changed the narrative in court, by stating he took the money to the Government House in Benue State.

At today’s hearing, the PW4, reaffirmed his earliest statement to the EFCC. He disclosed he received calls from associates of Suwam threatening him to change his statement in Court. “I changed my statement because of the pressure I received from Suswam’s people”, he said.

When asked by prosecution counsel, what the ex-governor’s allies wanted him to change, he told the court they wanted him to change where and who he gave the equivalent of N3.1 billion.

Umar further revealed that “I don’t know Elixir but sometime in August 2014, Suswam called me to his house in Maitama and introduced me to a lady and asked me to give her my account details.

“Suswam said when I see the money, I should give him the equivalent which I did, amounting to $15.8m while using N197 as exchange rate. I handed over the Dollars in cash to Suswam at his residence in Abuja”.

Umar told the court that he never mentioned that he handed over the money to Suswam at Kubwa but Maitama.

The said his company Fanffash Resources has no relationship with the Benue State Government, and that he also  has no business or with Elixir Investment Partners Limited and does not know where they are.

The matter has been adjourned till May 25, 2021 for of trial.

The Economic and Crimes Commission, EFCC, re-arraigned the former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, alongside his then Commissioner of Finance, Omodachi Okolobia  on November 2, 2020 before Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed of the Federal High Court Abuja for fraud.

Both were docked on amended 11-count charges, bordering on theft, criminal breach of trust, illegal award of contracts and money laundering to the tune of N3.1 billion.