DSS arrests former Benue Gov Suswam over arms

​DSS holds ex-gov Suswam over SMG, AK-47, pistol
Niyi Odebode , Olusola Fabiyi and Eniola Akinkuotu

The Department of State Services , on Sunday , said it had recovered some weapons and 21 Certificates of Occupancy among others from two cars on the premises of a company , Dunes Investment and Global Properties Limited , Abuja .

The DSS , in a statement in Abuja by an official , Tony Opuiyo , alleged that the Cs of O , weapons and other recovered items belonged to a former Governor of Benue State, Mr . Gabriel Suswan .

All attempts to speak with Suswam proved abortive as his telephone indicated that it was switched off while a text message , which was delivered to his telephone , had yet to be responded to as of press time on Sunday .

The PUNCH learnt that Suswan , who honoured the DSS invitation on Sunday , was still being detained as of the time of sending this report on Sunday night .

The DSS said it executed a search warrant on the company , which is located at 44 Aguiyi Ironsi Way , Maitama, Abuja , between 9 pm on Saturday, February 25 and 2 . 42 am on Sunday .

According to the DSS , no fewer than a total of 85 rounds of ammunition , one Glock pistol ; one mini – uzi , a Submachine Gun , and one AK – 47 rifle were recovered from the two cars on the premises.

Other items recovered from the premises, according to the security agency , include 23 luxury designer watches and 45 keys to various exotic cars.

It stated , “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 S 550 ( BWR 135 AH ) , and Masarati 4 . 7 ( BWR 207 AJ ) , which were subsequently confiscated. ”

The DSS said at 10 pm on Saturday, in the presence of two private security officers employed by Dunes Investment , the cars were searched .

It added , “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 . ”

The DSS added that it also seized 21 Certificates of Occupancy and one offer of statutory right of occupancy .

It stated , “ 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 . ”

It warned politicians against hate speeches, saying it would get tough with those heating up the polity .

“ 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 authorised such campaigns in line with the Electoral Act, ” the agency stressed .

The DSS also expressed concern with what it called “ the unpatriotic involvement of some media outfits in these divisive tendencies which negate their constitutional role as the fourth estate of the realm . ”

It added , “ In line with its statutory mandate of maintaining the peace and internal security of the country, the service hereby restates its commitment to go after anyone, no matter how highly – placed, who engages in acts capable of causing the breach of peace in the country. ”

Source: The Punch


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