45 Exotic Car Keys and some ammunition has been allegedly found in the possession of former governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswam.
According to reports on Channels TV, the Department of State Security Service, DSS earlier received the information that Gabriel Suswam had indiscriminately put away some weapons in the boots of cars parked at his property located at 44 Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Maitama-Abuja.
In a statement released by the anti-crime agency, and signed by the spokesman, Tony Opuiyo, the raid was carried out with the assistance of two private security officers and the items found included guns, magazines, wrist watches and more.
Details of the items 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.
- Twenty-one Certificates of Occupancy and one Offer of Statutory Right of Occupancy;
- Twenty-three luxury designer watches
- Forty-five keys to various exotic cars.
The statement also contained warning by the DSS against inciting comments.
The statement said:
“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.
“It also wishes to express its disappointment with these politicians who in their desperation, are engaged in hate speeches and sponsor of radio campaign jingles when the electoral umpire has not authorized such campaigns in line with the Electoral Act.
“More worrisome is the unpatriotic involvement of some media outfits in these divisive tendencies which negate their constitutional role as the fourth estate of the realm.
“In line with its statutory mandate of maintaining the peace and internal security of the country, the Service hereby re-states 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.”
This crime investigation sprouted in July 2016, when Governor Gabriel Suswam was listed among 31 ex-governors, whose alleged corruption cases were investigated by anti-graft agencies.
Recall that the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, had written to the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC), directing the re-opening of the ex-governors cases.
Part of the AGF’s letter to the ICPC, indicated that the cases against some of the former governors were investigated some years ago but charges were never filed against them.
Other names on the list included Senate President Bukola Saraki, factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff; and Senate Minority Leader/former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio.