DSS Arrests Ex- Benue Governor Suswam

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Gabriel Suswam, former governor of Benue state has been arrested by the Department of State Services, DSS, over security issues in the state. Suswam was arrested after the incumbent governor, Samuel Ortom, allegedly petitioned the DSS over the security situation in the state as he (Suswam), was allegedly planning to make it ungovernable. An aide to the former governor (Suswam) who pleaded anonymity confirmed the arrest as well as the petition to Channels Television on Thursday. The aide, however, said although Suswam is being questioned, the DSS has not linked him to any crime. The DSS had arrested the former Governor in 2017, after it said it uncovered a large cache of arms and ammunition from a property allegedly belonging to him at number 44 Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Maitama-Abuja.  According to a statement by the DSS spokesman, Tony Opuiyo, last year, the operation had been informed by intelligence that some incriminating items were stashed in the boots of cars parked at the property. The agency said after carrying out a raid on the property in the presence of two private security officers employed by the company, the following items were recovered: A glock pistol with two magazines and a total of 29 rounds of ammunition, a mini-uzi with two magazines containing 10 rounds and four rounds respectively, 42 extra rounds of ammunition contained in a pack and one Ak-47. The search also revealed 21 Certificates of Occupancy and one Offer of Statutory Right of Occupancy, 23 luxury designer watches; and 45 keys to various exotic cars.
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