SSS quiz Ex-Gov Akumeh, Gemade, Ayu, Others over violence in Benue


Dr Iyorchia Ayu
The State Security Services (SSS) earlier today in Abuja grilled the immediate past governor of Benue State and serving Senator, George Akumeh, former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Barnabas Gemade, former Campaign Director of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Dr Iyorchia Ayu and 27 other prominent citizens of the state for several hours.

Others interrogated are Daniel Saror, the AC Governorship candidate, Prof. Steve Ughah, and Dr steve Agboh. learnt that their invitation is linked to the spate of violence in Benue culminating in the recent shooting of Gen Lawrence Onoja by unknown gun men.

Onoja had accused the Senate President, David Mark for masterminding the attack that left Onoja hospitalized.

Curiously, the SSS did not invite Mark for routine questioning.

The interrogation which took place at the underground cell of the SSS National Headquarters in Abuja lasted for about five hours.

Spokesperson for the Service, Marilyn Ogar told Journalists that they were invited because investigations revealed that they were behind the present political violence in the State and that after the interrogation, they showed remorse and were mandated to sign an undertaking to give peace a chance in the State.

According to SSS, when they were in the underground cell, the Director General of SSS Mr. Ita Ekpeyong directed that lightening in the cell should be off for ten minutes and that the whole place was thrown in total darkness for that period, signifying that it's what they will face if such incident persist after today.

“The undertaking which read in part said “sponsors of political violence will be held liable for any breach leading to the disruption of the April 2011 elections in any part of Benue State. That we as political leaders of Benue State have signed an undertaking binding us to ensure peaceful elections in Benue State in April 2011”.