Former Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue, says he did not steal government money, neither did he siphon money from the state.
Suswam, who is on trial over money laundering and embezzlement, said on Sunday that he’s not a thief nor a criminal.
Speaking at a special thanksgiving service organised for him at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Makurdi, Suswam said: “I am not a thief, I’m not a criminal, I did not steal government money neither did I syphon the state’s resources.”
“In our time, we assumed office under tough circumstances, but we were able to achieve a milestone. The fact is that no one can do the job of governnce at once.
“You do your best and leave the rest. I did my best. And I refused to demonize anyone when I assumed office, though I was pushed to do so by forces and individuals but I refused.
“That seat of governor of Benue State is the hottest in the country. If you spend one day in office as a governor, and if somebody takes over, and he wants to take you to jail, he will do so.
“The fact is that nobody is a saint, we have serious economic situation. I raised the alarm, they said I was stealing money, my successor is raising same alarm today.”
“Unfortunately, the Tiv man always wants to bring down his own brother, the truth is that as governor, there is no way you cannot step on toes.”