By Mustapha Usman
The State Security Service, SSS, on Wednesday explained why the service is still detaining a former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, saying his continuous detention is “typical”.
In a statement by spokesman to the service, Tony Opuiyo, said the SSS did not contravene the law in keeping Mr Suswam in detention for long.
“The case of former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel SUSWAM, is typical. The Service has continued to hold him in line with the dictates of the law – more so that he has not cooperated on the issues concerning the recovery of large cache of arms at his facilities.
“While investigation is ongoing on this matter, the Service has valid detention warrants to keep him. He will be charged accordingly, once the investigations are concluded,” Mr Opuiyo added.
On February 27, the SSS said it executed a search warrant on a building located at 44 Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Maitama, Abuja, between 9pm on Saturday, February 25 and 2.42am and discovered a total of 85 rounds of ammunition, one Glock pistol, one mini-uzi, a Submachine Gun and one AK-47 rifle allegedly belonging to the former governor.
Other items recovered from the premises, according to the security agency, include 23 luxury designer watches and 45 keys to various exotic cars.