FORMER Managing Director, Benue Investment and Property Company Limited, BIPC, Mrs Bridget Sheidu, has disclosed that Governor Samuel Ortom begged her to withdraw a suit challenging her indictment by Justice Margaret Kpojime- led Judicial Commission of Inquiry, insisting that she did not solicit for any pardon. It would be recalled that the Commissioner for Information and Culture, Mr Odeh Ageh, while briefing questions from journalists after the State
Executive Council meeting last Wednesday, said exco has decided to pardon Sheidu. The commissioner, who was assisted by the Special Adviser on Media and ICT, Tahav Agerzua, said her pardon was normal, pointing out that “even the Supreme Court reverses itself when the need arises.” However, Sheidu, who spoke in an exclusive chat with Nigerian Pilot in Makurdi through her Counsel, Titus Hyundu, at the weekend, said “the governor and the attorney-general of the state
called her and said they didn’t know there was error in what transpired at the commission and asked her to withdraw the case.” Hyundu stated that his client went to court to challenge the recommendation of the commission and the subsequent release of a white paper by government which he said was hurriedly done without getting the reaction of the indicted parties. According to Hyundu, the word ‘pardon’ as used by the state government is a misnomer since his client was never at
any point in time convicted by a court of law and therefore shouldn’t have required to be pardoned. Although he did not say if his client would accept the ‘gift’ from government, Hyundu, however, said vacating the indictment by the commission was the only option for the state government to take as it would have met great embarrassment if it had gone ahead to challenge the suit instituted by his client. Mrs Sheidu, who also spoke with journalists on phone, said she has not withdrawn the case challenging her wrongful
indictment by the panel, adding that she did not solicit for the so-called pardon. It would be recalled that the Justice Margaret Kpojime- led Commission indicted 52 persons including Mrs Sheidu who was accused of diverting N3.1 billion, proceeds from the sale of the state government’s shares in Dangote Cement Company Limited. Apart Sheidu, former Governor Gabriel Suswam and ten corporate bodies were also among the 52 asked to refund N107 billion to the coffers of the state government.

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