​Benue will be ungovernable if Suswam is released – State Govt writes DSS

Benue State government has written to the Department of State Services (DSS) claiming that the state will become ungovernable should Ex-Governor, Gabriel Suswam be released from incarceration.
This was contained in a counter affidavit filed by the Department of State Services (DSS) against a fundamental rights enforcement suit filled by Suswam at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The Federal Government also accused the former Governor of having links with some militant groups in the state including the group that recently attacked Zaki Biam.

Suswam, who is being detained by the DSS, is challenging his continued detention without trial.

The counter-affidavit, which was served on Suswam’s lawyer early yesterday, stalled proceedings.

Suswam’s lawyer Adedayo Adedeji informed the court that he had served the DSS with his application since April 19, but that DSS only served him with its counter-affidavit yesterday morning.

Adedeji said: “However, this morning at about 9.45am in the court, I was served with counter-affidavit and a written address in opposition to the motion.”

He said he would reply to the counter-affidavit and seek a date.

Adedeji’s attempt to move an ex-parte motion earlier filed, seeking to compel the 1st respondent to unconditionally release Suswam, was refused by the judge, who noted that it was no longer necessary as the respondents have joined issues with the applicant.

In the main suit, Suswam is seeking a N10 billion compensation for unlawful incarceration and violation of his rights. He also wants to be released unconditionally.

He urged the court to direct the respondents to tender public apology to him in seven national newspapers for the “illegal arrest and detention”.

Suswam also asked for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents, particularly the DSS, from torturing him and if proved that he had been tortured, the court should “nullify any statements, documents or other materials that may have been extracted or obtained” from him under “such unwholesome and constitutionally prohibited circumstances”.

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