Suswam’s probe a witch-hunt, says group

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Saawua Terzungwe

A group, Benue Coali­tion for Jus­tice, Eq­uity and Fair­ness has con­demned the present move by Gover­nor Sa­muel Or­tom of Benue State to probe the for­mer gover­nor, Gabriel Suswan.

The group said it was dis­heart­en­ing that press­ing is­sues of gov­er­nance had been al­legedly jet­ti­soned in the state in pref­er­ence for a witch-hunt.

A state­ment by na­tional pres­i­dent of the group, Peter Hwande and sec­re­tary gen­eral, Og­bole Alechenu, claimed that Suswam’s in­vi­ta­tion by the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) was the hand­i­work of some po­lit­i­cal god­fa­thers in the state.

The group said Suswam’s era rep­re­sented the best pe­riod for the state since 1999, ex­cept for the un­for­tu­nate de­layed salaries which be­came the bane of the en­tire coun­try in the last two years as a re­sult of the global eco­nomic melt­down.

It said that while it was aware that Benue peo­ple are in­ter­ested in the probe, “they were not ask­ing for a se­lec­tive probe panel that will can­on­ize the devil him­self and crim­i­nal­ize an­gels just to sat­isfy the drunken ego of a few in the so­ci­ety.”

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