DSS Detains ex-gov Gabriel Suswam

The Department of State Services’ Tony Opuiyo, yesterday, alleged that the agency had recovered some weapons and 21 Certificates of Occupancy belonging to former governor of Benue State, Mr Gabriel Suswan.

The items were recovered from two cars parked in the building of a company, Dunes Investment and Global Properties Limited, Abuja.

Opuiyo said the DSS carried out a search warrant on the company,   located at 44 Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Maitama, Abuja, between 9pm on Saturday, February 25 and 2.42am on Sunday.

According to Opuiyo “The operation was informed by intelligence that some incriminating items were stashed in the boots of cars parked at the property, particularly a Mercedes Benz S550 (BWR 135 AH), and Masarati 4.7 (BWR 207 AJ), which were subsequently confiscated.”

He said: “The following items were recovered:

(i) Glock pistol with two magazines and a total of 29 rounds of ammunition

(ii) Mini-Uzi with two magazines containing 10 rounds and four rounds respectively;

(iii) Forty-two extra rounds of ammunition contained in a pack and

(iv) One AK-47.”

“ 21 Certificates of Occupancy and one offer of statutory right of occupancy.

“Following this discovery, the service launched further investigation, which revealed that the cars and the recovered items belong to the former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, who has already been invited by the service and presently helping in the investigations.”

The DSS warned persons and groups that it would “no longer tolerate any acts of lawlessness by those who ought to be law-abiding and responsible citizens”, adding that “The service has also observed with total dismay the inciting utterances of some political actors whose activities heat up the polity.

“It also wishes to express its disappointment with these politicians who, in their desperation, are engaging in hate speeches and even sponsorship of radio campaign jingles when the electoral umpire has not authorized such campaigns in line with the Electoral Act,” He said.