DSS Arrests Suswam Over Alleged Arms Discovery

DSS Uncovers Arms From Property Allegedly Linked To SuswamThe Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam.

The arrest was made after the Service said it uncovered a large cache of arms and ammunition from a property allegedly belonging to the former governor at number 44 Aguiyi Ironsi Way, Maitama-Abuja.

According to a statement by the DSS spokesman, Tony Opuiyo, the operation was informed by intelligence that some incriminating items were stashed in the boots of cars parked at the property.

The DSS said after carrying out a raid on the property in the presence of two private security officers employed by the company, the following items were 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.

The search also revealed:

  • Twenty-one Certificates of Occupancy and one Offer of Statutory Right of Occupancy;
  • Twenty-three luxury designer watches; and
  • Forty-five keys to various exotic cars.

The DSS warned politicians to desist from making inciting comments that may heat up the system.

“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 authorised 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 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,” the statement read.

Power minister refused entry into PHCN office

The Minister of Power, Barth Nnaji was denied entry into the PHCN corporate headquarters in Maitama, Abuja, on Wednesday by members of the company’s union who were opposed to the take-over of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) by Manitoba Hydro International, a Canadian company.

The minister was in the company of officials of the firm apparently on an inspection tour of the TCN which operates from the PHCN headquarters.

According to media reports, the North-Central zonal organising secretary of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Temple Iworima, said the unions are against the imminent takeover of TCN by Manitoba, owing to its alleged disagreement with government over unresolved labour issues.

“Agreements on severance packages, pension and gratuity for the workers are still outstanding after 18 months of negotiations. It was agreed upon by both parties through the Hassan Sunmonu-led negotiation panel that there would be no take-over of the PHCN until labour issues are fully resolved,” Mr Iworima said.

Nnaji says Takeover is a done deal

Meanwhile Mr Nnaji said that the takeover of the transmission company of Nigeria by Canadian company Manitoba hydro is a done deal.

At a news conference in Abuja, the Minister said government has not been successful in the running of the power sector and the way forward is private sector participation to help the country achieve more robust returns.

He however assured the union that all payments due them will not be withheld and also inaugurated a committee to investigate the status of the pension scheme in the power sector and identify officers involved in acts of misconduct.

Pension scams have been rocking various sectors and the Power Holding Company of Nigeria seems to have come into the picture with allegations of N200 billion scam in the pension fund.