The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested a former governor of Benue State, Mr. Gabriel Suswam, for alleged illegal possession of firearms, after a raid on his Abuja residence – at number 44 Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Maitama-Abuja.
The DSS said on Sunday that a raid conducted in a property allegedly belonging to the erstwhile governor ended with the recovery of guns and magazines.
According to a statement by the DSS spokesman, Tony Opuiyo, the operation was informed by intelligence that some incriminating items were stashed in the boots of cars parked at the property.
The DSS said during the search at about 10 p.m. on Friday 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;
- Forty-two extra rounds of ammunition contained in a pack and one Ak-47.
The search also revealed:
- Twenty-one Certificates of Occupancy and one Offer of Statutory Right of Occupancy;
- Twenty-three luxury designer watches; and
- Forty-five keys to various exotic cars.
The statement read: “The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public that on the 24th of February 2017, between 2100 hours and 0242 hours, the service executed a search warrant at the property of Dunes Investment and Global Properties Ltd located at No 44 Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Maitama, Abuja.
“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 135AH) and Masarati 4.7 (BWR 207 AJ), which were subsequently confiscated.
“Following this discovery, the service launched further investigations, 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 is currently helping in the investigations.
“It is in the light of this latest development that the service wishes to sound a note of warning to persons and groups that it will no longer tolerate any acts of lawlessness by those who ought to be law abiding and responsible citizens.
“The service has also observed with total dismay the inciting utterances of some political actors whose activities heat up the polity.”