- The Department of Secret Service accused former governor,, Gabriel Suswam of sponsoring killings in Benue
- The claimed investigations show that Suswam was connected to wanted criminal Terwase Akwaza aka 'Gana'
The Department of Secret Service (DSS) has accused former governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswam of being behind the killings and unrest in Benue.
NAIJ.com learnt that the agency has also linked Suswam to alleged notorious terrorist, Terwase Akwaza, who is wanted by authorities for allegedly being behind several killings in Benue.
DSS said the reason the former governor, who was recently released from jail, was kept in prison for 73 days was because Suswam had threatened to make Benue State ungovernable for the incumbent governor, Samuel Ortom, Punch reports.
The agency added that indeed the state “has proved to be ungovernable in the past few months with various crises occurring every now and then.”
Recall that NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Suswam was arrested on February 25, 2017, for allegedly being in possession of “three lethal and prohibited weapons” and for his “avowed commitment to bring about a state of unrest in Benue State.”
DSS operative, Mr Abdullahi Adamu, who spoke on behalf of the agency said the former governor admitted that the weapons were found in his vehicle but claimed that they were planted there by his political enemies.
Adamu in his counter-affidavit said: “That I know as a fact that intelligent report at our disposal is to the effect that he (Suswam) has vowed to make Benue State ungovernable for the present governor of the state (Samuel Ortom).
“That the applicant is said to be affiliated with the militia leader Terwase Akwaza, also known as Gana, who is involved in terrorising the citizens of Benue state.
“That Benue state has proved to be ungovernable in the past few months, with various crises occurring every now and then.
“That intelligence available to the respondents revealed that the applicant and the militia leader (who is currently at large) are behind the spate of kidnappings and loss of lives in Benue state.
“That I know for a fact that three lethal and prohibited weapons, to wit, a Gluck Pistol, with serial no. KM275; a Mini Uzi, with serial no. 54976; and one (1) AK 47 rifle, with serial no. 56 -22620063, were discovered in the applicant’s Mercedes Benz car at Dunes.
“That as a result of the above, the applicant was arrested for the possession of ammunition and the avowed commitment to bring about a state of unrest in Benue state.”
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