The 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.
Ahead of the Abia local government elections, the state Police has challenged politicians to play by the rules and avoid actions capable of disturbing the existing peace.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Adeleye Oyebade, asked political leaders to ensure that they do not allow their supporters to create mayhem before, during and after the exercise.
The December 21 polls which coincides with the run-up to the yuletide celebrations, follows the just concluded violence-ridden rerun elections in River state.
The police commissioner also led men and officers of his command into the streets and markets to create awareness on what he described as the “new form of policing” that frowns at bribery and corruption.
He warned that police officers have been stationed in critical areas to fish out miscreants set to foment trouble.
Nigeria’s present economic situation may still be biting hard, but the situation urgently requires elected leaders to put aside personal differences and interests and focus on delivering good governance to those they represent.
This charge was giving by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to participants of the ongoing maiden edition of the executive and legislative retreat in Lagos.
Governor Ambode said that the recession taking its toll on Nigerians is a wakeup call for leaders at all levels to come together for the purpose of rescuing the nation rather than seeing it as an opportunity to amass resources for selfish purposes.
The 3-day retreat had in attendance members of the executive and the legislature at the state and federal level.
Party leaders from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties in the state were also part of it.
The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Reverend Matthew Kukah, has called on Nigerian politicians to place service above personal benefits.
He says politicians have continued to undermine the interest of the ordinary Nigerian who gave them the opportunity to serve through the ballot.
The clergyman spoke to Channels TV on Sunday, after a church service to celebrate Fathers’ Day in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.
“We still have not moved away from the culture of people who mistake public service for opportunities for self-enrichment.
“The reason why people asked to be elected is not to make money for themselves, they asked to be elected so that they can serve us and serve our country,” he said.
Bishop Kukah also said he doubts if the current crop of politicians would give Nigeria the required leadership to take it to the next level.
“You have so many people going to church and going to mosque and yet criminality, violence, corruption are all on the increase in our society.
“This is evidence of some of the things that are eroding our Christian values,” he said.
“When I hear politicians say we cannot develop in an environment of violence or in an environment that is volatile, politicians don’t understand that it is their irresponsible behaviour that is creating the tension and the anxiety,” he added.
The Cross River State Resident Electoral commissioner (REC) , Mrs Gesila Khan, has urged political parties in the state to play according to rules governing elections in order to have a peaceful poll.
According to the State INEC boss, this is in the wake of preparations for the rescheduled Cross River State House of Assembly elections for Yakurr 2 State Constituency.
Addressing political stakeholders at the INEC office in Calabar, the REC disclosed that the elections will witness the use of card readers as the machines to be used have already been configured.
She called for cooperation among the candidates vying for the same position and urged them to completely shun violence and criminal activities which marred the last polls.
Responding, one of the candidates also called on the electoral body to ensure even distribution of materials across board as well as alternative means of voting in case the card readers fail to work on the field.
Ahead of the announcement of the Presidential elections result by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), some prominent Nigerians have appealed to politicians and their supporters to accept the outcome of the elections in good faith for national peace.
In an interview with Channels Television, the Director of the National Interfaith Prayer Centre in Abuja, Leonard Bature, said that the election was peaceful and asked politicians to accept the results in good faith.
“My advice is that Nigerians should be patient and wait for INEC to make a final announcement. Whatever the outcome, we in the interfaith community believe that only God gives power.”
Mr. Bature also urged Nigerian youths not to allow politicians use them for violence after the results are announced.
“These politicians, their children are in London, America and Germany. They will not bring their children to come and fight but they will use our youths. Nigerian youths, don’t allow yourself to be used,” he warned.
The Chairman of the Inter Party Advisory Council, Mr Yunusa Tanko, also commended the patriotism of voters during the polls as he believes that the election was peaceful.
“At this rate Nigerians have shown that they are not interested in violence. All they want is for their votes to count,” he said.
Mr Tanko was, however, dissatisfied with the performance of the card readers during the Saturday polls.
INEC is yet to announce the results of the elections as collations and counting is still ongoing across the country.
The Presidential and National Assembly elections in Nigeria is in less than 24 hours and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kwara State has expressed its readiness to conduct a hitch free exercise, assuring electorates in the state that all the necessary materials are ready.
Addressing reporters in Ilorin, the state’s capital, the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr Salihu Garba, on his part, also promised to provide security during the election.
A visit to the INEC office in Ilorin showed that the Ad-Hoc staff of the commission, had been given letters to their locations across the state.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr Emmanuel Onucheyor, explained that all materials had been delivered to their respective places across the 16 Local Government Councils in the state. “Both the sensitive and non-sensitive materials have arrived their locations,” he said.
Mr Garba while addressing a Press Conference assured residents of the readiness of Police to ensure a hitch free election. He warned people to conduct themselves peacefully.
As the state prepares for the election on Saturday, it is hoped that the people will adhere to the rules and regulations. Politicians have also been tasked on ensuring that the election was peaceful.
The United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary, Mr Jeffery Feltham, has appealed to all political actors in Nigeria to ensure that the general elections are held under a peaceful atmosphere.
The appeal comes barely two weeks to the general elections rescheduled for March 28.
Fielding questions from journalists in Abuja, after meeting the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, behind closed doors, Mr Feltham said that the Secretary General of the UN, Mr Ban Ki-Moon and the UN are interested in the conduct of a peaceful election in Nigeria.
The Director General (DG) of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Johnson Olawumi, has warned corps members against being used by politicians during the election.
Brigadier General Olawumi gave the warning at the opening ceremony of the Annual Management Conference of NYSC in Benin City, the Edo State capital, where the participation of corps members in the general election dominated discussions.
He assured that modalities had been put in place to ensure the safety of corps members during the election.
The DG of NYSC who acknowledged that corps members would be deployed for the election warned them against being used by politicians for selfish purposes.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole, who joined the conference, condemned the level of desperation being exhibited by some politicians ahead of the election.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Council of Elders in Ebonyi State has reprimanded the State Governor, Mr Martin Elechi, accusing him of trying to cause disunity in the PDP and behind the political crisis in the state.
At a news conference in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, South East Nigeria, the Chairman of the PDP Council of Elders in the state, Ambassador Frank Ogbuewu, said that the Governor should stop pretending to be a member of the PDP when his entire cabinet has moved to the Labour Party.
The Council of Elders said that since the Governor broke the principle enshrined in the Charter of Equity, it became impossible to condone the Governor’s autocratic stance.
They said that the Governor was on his own in the present predicaments – the impeachment move – as they would not dabble into the functions of the legislature in the state.
The council advised Governor Martin Elechi to desist from dragging the name of the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) Senator Anyim Pius Anyim into the present crisis in the state, as the SGF has nothing to do with his woes.