A former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, has been arrested by the Department of State Services.
Suswam was arrested over items recovered in cars in a building in Abuja, both of which are said to belong to him.
According to the DSS in a statement by Tony Opuiyo, the search of the building at 44, Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Maitama, Abuja, led to the discovery of keys of 45 exotic cars, 21 Certificates of Occupancy, arms and ammunition.
The statement by the DSS reads: “The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to inform the public that on 24th 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.
“Consequently, on 25th February, 2017, about 1000hours, in the presence of two (2) private security officers employed by Dunes Investment, the cars were searched and the following items were recovered: weapons, glock pistol with two (2) magazines and a total of 29 rounds of ammunition, mini-uzi with two (2) magazines containing 10 rounds and 4 rounds respectively; 42 extra rounds of ammunition contained in a pack and one AK-47.
Other items recovered included: 21 Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) and one Offer of Statutory Right of Occupancy; 23 luxury designer watches and 45 keys to various exotic cars.
Following the discovery, the Service launched further investigation which revealed that the cars and the recovered items belong to Suswam who has already been invited by the DSS and presently helping in the investigations.
The DSS warned the public that it will no longer tolerate any acts of lawlessness by those who ought to be law abiding and responsible citizens adding that it has also observed with total dismay the inciting utterances of some political actors whose activities heat-up the polity.