A man identified as Chima Amadi has revealed that Former governor, Gabriel Suswam, who was recently arrested by the Department of state security services, DSS, once engaged in a gun battle with Fulani Herdsmen.
Amadi, took to Twitter to narrate how Suswam also predicted that President Muhammadu Buhari would have him arrested. PoliticsNGR has gotten his tweets, read them below;
Suswam stilled his look at me and took a deep sigh and said “Doc, I am certain that Buhari will arrest me very soon, not because of any corruption but because he knows I know too much about these killings. He won’t stop the killings”.This was in 2016 but first a background. Thread
I was just settling down in London in 2016 as a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics when I got a desperate call from a friend who is from Benue. She was weeping and told me stories of ongoing massacres in her village by Herdsmen with no one reporting them while
CSOs and influencers went silent. She said no one wanted to speak up cos they all supported the new govt of PMB. I informed her that I also campaigned and support the govt but that was no reason to condone the kind of murders that she just described. I promised to get back to her
And started surfing the net for any information on ongoing killings in the Benue. True to what she told me, information was scanty with only untrustworthy blogs and citizen reporters alluding to anything of the sorts. The Benue state Gov Ortom himself was singing the praises of
The new govt. knowing who this friend was, I knew she was not one to raise a false alarm especially when she had told me that five of her uncles in the village had already Benn hacked to death. She sent me picture evidence via WhatsApp. I made some calls back home but most
The usual vocal voices were not interested. The opinion then was that the outgone govt of GEJ messed up and it would take time for things to come back to normal esp as there were signs that the Boko Haram terrorists were being repressed and overwhelmed by the new admin.
However, when I saw more pictures and videos, this time of pregnant women being disemboweled by the herdsman and some local youths engaging in Cannibalism( roasting and eating a herdsman), I knew I had to act. I flew into Nigeria the next week and started putting in place
A CSO Colloquium on the crises . My approach was to use my networks and connections to get prominent figures from both divides to come speak in a nationally televised event. The Sec-Gen of the Miyyeti Allah is someone I have known very closely for over 20 years.
I then reached out to some Benue Citizens and that was how I contacted Gabriel Suswam, the former Gov of Benue state. After a few hiccups we finally met late one night in his home. What he told me was chilling. Due to National Security concerns I will not reveal certain aspects
Of our discussion, but he was very bitter. He said during the transition between GEJ’s govt and the incoming PMB administration, he was summoned to the Villa and GEJ took him to the then President -Elect. GEJ told PMB in Suswam’s presence that he wants only one favor from PMB
He told PMB that he didn’t care if he was probed or if his administration’s efforts at national development was reversed but PMB should please do something for him. According to Suswam,GEJ informed PMB that the brewing Herdsmen crises could eclipse the BH insurgency in its
Ramifications and implications for national cohesion and that if not tackled with expediency Nigeria may not recover.He said he had set up a committee chaired by Suswam to travel round the world looking for solutions and that they now fully have a plan that can resolve the issue
Once and for all. He begged PMB to invite Suswam for talks and to look at the recommendations of that committee. Suswam told me that he was made the Chair of the committee for an incident that happened in his state. Sometime in 2014, herdsman had sacked whole villages, killed,
raped women and burnt farms and homes of communities in rural areas in Benue. He said he didn’t believe the reports he was getting until he started seeing refugees pouring into Makurdi. One day, he mobilized his entourage which included policemen, press, soldiers and others
And proceeded to see things for himself in those communities. He said when they got to a few kilometres to the village the soldiers in his convoy, acting on instructions from HQ refused to proceed any further but he insisted on continuing. Ten minutes into the trip all hell was
Let loose. They were ambushed by Herdsmen and a battle ensued. A barrage of gunshots was unleashed on them from all sides. He said there were over 100 well-armed Herdsmen shooting at them. Done in the convoy retreated but he was already in the middle and so decided to fight for
His life. He took an AK from one of the retreating mopol men and with a few others that remained with him faced the Herdsmen fire for fire. He told me he was a trained marksman having lived in the US. In the process, two one of his security aides were shot but they continued
Fighting until the Herdsmen retreated. He said he left for Markurdi and returned the next day fully prepared and saw how villages had been taken over by cows. This time, the Herdsmen didn’t shoot him and some of them pulled out their phones and were snapping him. He decided
There and then that if he did nothing Benue would be overrun. He took actions that saw to a curtailing of the actions of these killers. It was against this backdrop that GEJ made him the chairman of the Committee. I am tired now. When I get some rest I will narrate the encounter
Between Suswam and PMB and why the latter feared for his life. keep a date . Sorry for any typos pls.