DSS holds ex-gov Suswam over SMG, AK-47, pistol

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 Suswam.
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 S550 ( 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. ”


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