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Why Nigerian leaders should spend ‘one or two’ days in prison – Senator Suswam

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Senator Gabriel Suswam

Why Nigerian leaders should spend ‘one or two’  days  in prison –  Senator Suswam 
Senator representing Benue Wast Senatorial district, Gabriel Suswam said on Tuesday that Nigerian politicians should spend “one or two” days in prison to be good leaders.

He stated this while contributing to a motion on Prison decongestion sponsored by Senator Uche Ekwunife representing Anambra Central Senatorial district. 

He was speaking from his experiences having been detained in prison over alleged gun running after leaving office as governor of Benue State. 

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Suswam explained that based on his experience in prison,  other intending leaders should spend time in prison to learn some lessons.  

Suswam, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged N3.1 billion fraud, was once remanded in prison.

“I want to support this motion based on my experience. When I left prison, I recommended that for people to be proper leaders in this country, at least each and everyone of us must spend one or two days in prison,” he said.

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Lawan interjected and jokingly said: “anyone who served as a governor?”

“Yes and deputy governor probably,” he added, 

The former governor said he was taken to the prison in the night and the following day in the morning, “the entire prison knew I was there.”

“I sat down there from morning till evening because there were a lot of young people there,” he said.

“And it might interest you to know that what they spend years in prison for,  are demeanour you can easily dismiss. There was a young man who has spent 10 years there for just a problem of N10,000.

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“Various individuals were there on very minor offences that the police can afford to correct them and send them home.”

Suswam is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged diversion of N3.1 billion when he governed Benue State. 

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