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Benue: I Received Several Phone Calls To Recant Against Suswam – Bureau de Change Operator


Former governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswan/File Photo

An Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)’s star witness, on Monday, said he received several telephone calls from different people asking him to change the statement he made with the anti-graft agency against Gabriel Suswam, former Governor of Benue State, Concise News reports.
Abubakar Umar,  an Abuja-based Bureau De Change (BDC) Operator, told Justice Okon Abang at the Federal High Court, Abuja, while giving his evidence-in-chief.
This online news medium understands that Suswam and the then-Commissioner for Finance in his administration, Omadachi Oklobia, are being prosecuted before the court on N3.1 billion money laundering charges.

They were accused by the EFCC of diverting the money which was said to be part of the proceeds of the sale of some shares of Benue in a company.

Suswam, a senator, is presently representing Benue North-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly.

At the resumed trial on Monday, the EFCC’s lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs, asked Umar, who is the 4th prosecution witness (PW4) in the case, to tell the court what he meant by the earlier oral evidence in the previous proceeding that he was receiving phone calls from people to change his statement.

The witness, who spoke through an interpreter, said: “Yes, that is how it is. Many people have been calling me so that I will change my statement on my master, Gabriel Suswam.

Jacobs also asked him, “What is your discussion with Suswam your Master?”

Umar responded thus: “He (Gabriel Suswam) called me and said that I should go to his lawyer, Joseph .B. Daudu. 

“When I reached J.B. Daudu, he asked me why did I write statement like this. 

“I now tell him to ask the person that sent me to him, Gabriel Suwam, . He said I should go since it is like this.”

The PW4 restated that he told the court that N413 million was the first amount that entered his Zenith Bank account, Fanffash Resources, from Elixir Investment. 

“I was not having much money in my account before the money came in and it takes me eight to 10 days to change the money into dollars before handling it to Suswam.
“On September 12, 2014, N637 million entered Fanffash Resource account. After one to two hours, N363 million entered again on the same day,” he said.
The witness said he later bought dollars with the money and called the former governor before taking the money to him.
“On the 13th of October, 2014, the first money that enter was N630 million. There is another money that entered Fanffash Resources account which is N8, 018. 51k,” he said.
Umar told the court that on October. 23, 2014, he bought dollars with the money.
“On October. 17,  2014, another money entered into Fanffash Resources account from Elixir Investment N1. 6 million. I bought dollars with the money and it took me about 12 days to buy the dollars,” he remarked.
The BDC operator said he usually called Suswam to tell him that the money was ready before taking the money to him.
He also told the court that the reason he usually delivered the money to Suswam alone and without any other person present was because it was the former governor that directed that the money be paid into his account and that instructed him to bring the money.
When the prosecution lawyer asked him if he had ever been to Markurdi in Benue State, Umar said “No, I don’t know Markurdi. No, I don’t know Government House, Markurdi. I have never been to Markurdi.”
Justice Abang, however, stepped down the matter for 10 minutes at the instance of Paul Erokoro, SAN, 2nd defendant’s lawyer, to enable the defence counsel discuss.
When the court resumed, Chinelo Ogbozor, counsel to Suswam, tendered the previous proceeding document from Justice Ahmed Mohammed before Justice Abang.
She asked Umar if he remembered giving evidence before Justice Mohammed.
“Yes, I remember giving evidence in Justice Mohammed’s court,” he said.
The witness said though he remembered giving evidence that he took the money to Government House, “I said Government House but I didn’t say Benue State.”
The interpreter then read a portion of the document considered to be controversial to the witness
The interpreter then read the portion of the document to the witness after he agreed that it is the proceeding from AR Mohammed’s court.
Part of the statement read: “…. In my statement to the EFCC, I stated that I handed over all the dollars converted to Government House in Benue.”
Umar, in reaction, said: “That is my statement but I did not mention Benue State.”
Justice Abang, therefore, asked the witnessed: “Is it your statement with the EFCC or Hon Justice Mohammed that you said you did not mention Benue State?”
He responded thus: “The one with Justice A.R. Mohammed.”
Justice Abang, after admitting the photocopy of certified true copy of previous proceeding document before Justice Mohammad in evidence and marked as Exhibit E65, adjourned the matter until February 4 and February 5 for further cross examination, reexamination of PW4 and continuation of trial.

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News Update?Osun Governorship Election Petition Tribunal Sitting Begins October 26

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Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal will on October 26 begin a full hearing of the petition filed by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the declaration of Senator Ademola Adeleke as governor-elect.

Lifestyle Nigeria reports that the tribunal made this pronouncement after concluding the pre-hearing session on Thursday.

The tribunal was asked to dismiss the applications of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), seeking the discontinuation of the petition brought to it by Governor Oyetola.

Counsel for Oyetola and the APC, Lasun Sanusi, SAN, at the sitting of the tribunal argued that Adeleke’s, PDP’s and INEC’s reliance on a Federal Court High judgment was nothing but an abuse of court process.

Sanusi argued this while replying to separate applications of the trio, seeking the dismissal of the petition based on the already appealed Federal High Court judgment disqualifying Oyetola from contesting the election.

Citing Supreme Court decisions in the case of Jegede Vs INEC, 2021, 14NWLR, Pt 1797, page 409, the counsel said the court had ruled that the signatories to the letter conveying the nomination of a candidate were not the nominators; rather, the nomination was done by party members at the congress, hence, the judgment could not stand.

Meanwhile, the counsel for INEC, Prof. Paul Ananaba, SAN; counsel for Adeleke, Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN and counsel for the PDP, Dr. Alex Izinyon, SAN, agreed that any decision the tribunal would take on the matter would have to wait until the Appeal Court and the Supreme Court decided on it.

They noted that they just decided to argue the applications to have it on record, a position which the tribunal agreed with and put on record.

Also, in other applications totalling nine by the three respondents, they asked the tribunal to strike out some paragraphs of the petition on the grounds that they were either lumped together or not related to the 2022 election.

In response to each of the applications, Sanusi said all the cases cited by the respondents were misconceived, adding that they were not applicable in the instance case.

He cited the case of INEC Vs Otti, 2016, 8NWLR, where the Supreme Court hinted that INEC was supposed to be neutral, arguing that all the processes filed before the panel have not portrayed the commission’s neutrality.

Sanusi further argued that the applications filed by the respondents were only meant to prevent the tribunal from focusing on hearing the petition on merit, asking the panel to dismiss the applications.

Subsequently, counsel for all parties in the matter agreed to begin the full hearing starting with the calling of witnesses on October 26.

In his ruling, the tribunal declared the pre-hearing session concluded and announced that the pre-hearing conference report would be presented on October 17.

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NEWS UPDATE?Nigeria Air Force who died in the crashed NAF Alpha-jet that crashed in Borno state laid to rest (photos)

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Nigeria Air Force who died in the crashed NAF Alpha-jet that crashed in Borno state laid to rest (photos)

The remains of Flight Lieutenant Chapele Ebiakpo, one of the pilots of the NAF Alpha-Jet aircraft that crashed in Maiduguri, Borno state on March 31, 2021, have been laid to rest.


It will be recalled that the Nigerian Air Force fighter jet was declared missing on 31 March 2021 after losing radar contact. The crash site was later discovered and the bodies of the two pilots onboard the ill-fated jet were recovered. The pilots were on the battlefield fight Boko Haram members when the jet crashed.


On Thursday, October 13, friends and family members of the Late Ebiakpo gathered together at the National Military cemetery to bid him farewell. May his soul rest in peace, Amen.


See more photos from the funeral below…


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Phyna Bbnaija; Biography, Net Worth, Date Of Birth, Age, State Of Origin & Career – Lifestyle Nigeria

Real Name: Ijeoma Josephina

Stage Name: Phyna Bbnaija

Date Of Birth: 1997


Age: 25 years old

Profession: Actress

Nationality: Nigerian

State Of Origin: Edo State

Net Worth: $15K dollars

Details About Phyna Bbnaija

Phyna is currently 25 years old and she was born in the Nigerian state of Edo. Ijeoma Josephina is the correct spelling of her given name. She recounted herself as being the one who bring the ginger and the vibes to Biggie’s residence.


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Phyna Bbnaija Date Of Birth

Phyna Bbnaija was born in the year 1997 in the Nigerian state of Edo. As of the time that this article about Phyna’s BBnaija biography and net worth was written, she had not yet reached her 25th birthday.

What is the net worth of Phyna Bbnaija?

At the time of writing, phyna bbnaija’s net worth was calculated at $15,000.


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