The Department of State Services (DSS) said it had recovered some weapons and 21 Certificates of Occupancy (CofOs) among others from two cars on the premises of a company, Dunes Investment and Global Properties Limited, Abuja belonging to former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswan.

This was disclosed in a statement by an official, Tony Opuiyo in Abuja on Sunday.

Punch reports that Suswan, who honoured the DSS invitation on Sunday, was still being detained by the DSS.

The DSS said it executed a search warrant on the company, which is located at 44 Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Maitama, Abuja, between 9 p.m. on Saturday, February 25 and 2.42 a.m. on Sunday.

According to the DSS, no fewer than a total of 85 rounds of ammunition, one Glock pistol with two magazines; one mini-uzi with two magazines containing 10 rounds and four round respectively, a Submachine Gun, and one AK-47 rifle, 29 rounds of ammunition, forty-two extra rounds of ammunition contained in a pack were recovered from the two cars on the premises.

Other items recovered from the premises 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 p.m. on Saturday, in the presence of two private security officers employed by Dunes Investment, the cars were searched.

It also added that it also seized 21 Certificates of Occupancy and one offer of statutory right of occupancy.

It stated again that “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.”

“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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