The Federal Government on Friday arraigned former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, before the Federal High Court in Abuja on a three-count charge of illegal possession of firearms.
Suswam pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him.
The court granted him bail in the sum of N500m.
This case, filed on June 26, 2018, is the third criminal matter instituted against Suswam since he left office as Benue State Governor in 2015.
This time Suswam is accused of illegally concealing weapons in his Mercedes Benz 550 4Matic car with registration number BWR 135 AH sometime on February 24, 2017.
The car was allegedly parked at Dunes Investment and Properties Ltd, located at 44, Aguiyi lronsi Way, Maitama, Abuja.
He is also accused of “converting 25 designer wrist watches worth several millions of naira being properties you derived directly from corruption and concealed in your Mercedes Benz 550 4Matic with registration number BWR 135 AH.”
The court adjourned the case till October 24 and 25.
The Department of State Services, DSS had on June 21 arrested Mr. Suswam, following a petition by incumbent governor, Samuel Ortom over thee security situation in the state.
Mr. Ortom had alleged that Suswam was planning to make the state ungovernable, reports Channels Television.
Suswam had been the DSS custody since he was arrested.