- Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state says he had nothing to do with ex-governor Gabriel Suswam’s arrest and detention
- Ortom openly denies being responsible for Suswam’s arrest and detention by the Department of State Services
- Suswam was arrested and detained after receiving a phone call from a wanted notorious militia member
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has openly denied writing petition to the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest the ex-governor of the state, Gabriel Suswam.
Vanguard reports that Ortom denied his involvement in his predecessor’s arrest following media reports of being behind it.
NAIJ.com notes that Ortom said in a statement: “We wish to categorically state that Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom did not write a petition, which led to the arrest of former governor of the state, Gabriel Suswam, contrary to some media reports.
“The Benue state government has written a petition against leaders of Miyetti Allah and has filed a lawsuit against the group. The state government has evidence to prove that the socio-cultural organisation is responsible for recent attacks and killing of innocent people in the state.
“Those peddling the allegation that Governor Ortom is behind the arrest of his predecessor are doing so to cause disaffection and create a state of confusion. Ortom’s administration will not be distracted from its commitment to get justice for victims of mindless attacks on the state."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that an alleged phone call received by the former Benue state governor, Gabriel Suswam, from a wanted notorious militia member in the state, was said to have led to his arrest and detention.
The militia member, who is wanted by security agencies for wanton killings in Benue and neighbouring states, spoke with the former governor on the telephone, but Suswam's line was tapped.
The former governor, who has been released, had been under the radar of security agencies to establish if he had any links with criminals responsible for the spate of killings in the state.
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