Benue Advancement Coalition (BAC) said they have uncovered a plan by the former Governor of Benue state, Sen. Gabriel Suswam to sponsor blackmail on Justice Okon Abang.
Suswam is standing trial over corruption charges before a federal High Court presided by Justice Abang.
Suswam is accused alongside the former Commissioner for Finance during his tenure, Mr. Omadachi Oklobia of diverting to their personal pockets the sum of N3.1bn been proceeds of sales of state government investments
But BAC in a press statement signed by the convener, Comrade Tiza S. Imenger and made available to this medium alleged that following the outing by the Chairman Fanfash Enterprise, a Bureau De Change operator who testified against Suswam at the last adjourned date at the court, Suswam and his allies have resorted to perfecting a plan to ensure Justice Abang hands off the case.
The group further alleged that they have uncovered plans that Suswam has set aside a huge amount to sponsor write ups and stories in the media to heap cooked allegations on Justice Abang and call for his handing off the case.
The group expressed surprise why Suswam wants to misinform the world and create a picture that it is the APC as a ruling party that is prosecuting him.
“It is no doubting the fact that it was Suswam’s party, the PDP in Benue state led by his successor, Governor Samuel Ortom that petitioned the EFCC over the fraud where he provided both evidence and witnesses for the case.
“We are calling on the President of the High Court, Justice Terhemba Tsoho and Justice Abang not to succumb to any misinformation, blackmail and underhand manipulation but to ensure justice is served and done in the case.
“We want to know the truth about this issue. How can a Governor who sworn to protect a people decide to rather sale their future?
“We wish to state here very clearly too that we are keenly watching development in that case.
“So far, Justice Abang has not done anything suspicion in this case. The witnesses too are testifying unperturbed. Every due process and procedures are being followed in line with the provisions of the law.
“We need justice our State is terribly underdeveloped. Benue people are dying of hunger because no system is working. Not even salaries are paid.