By Yemi Akinsuyi
Former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam was on Friday charged before a Federal High Court in Abuja on a three-count charge of alleged illegal possession of three guns, 25 rounds of ammunition and 24 wrist watches, alleged to be proceeds of corruption.
The items were allegedly concealed in a Mercedez Benz Formatic Car parked at Dunes Apartment, a commercial guest house in Maitama part of Abuja.
Suswam however, pleaded “not guilty” to the charges which were read to him by a Court Registrar.
After the plea was taken, Counsel to Suswam, Paul Erokoro, leading 24 other lawyers, moved a motion for bail arguing that the former Governor was a man of integrity and a role model and would not jump bail.
The Defense Counsel argued that Suswam had been standing trial on two other charges in the Federal High Court but never breached the conditions of his bail in the two cases.
State Counsel, A.A Alilu did not object to the bail application and urged the Judge to exercise his discretion as provided under the law.
The presiding Judge, Babatunde Quadri, then granted Suswam bail to the amount of N5 million and a Surety in like sum who must be resident within the Federal Capital Territory.
The Judge then fixed October 24 and 25 for commencement of trial in the matter.
Suswam was arrested and detained by the Department of State Service (DSS) from where he was charged to Court.
His was first arrested in February 2017 by the DSS and detained for about three Months