Immediate past governor of Benue State, Dr. Gabriel Suswam Sunday described as fictitious and laughable the reports suggesting that he was arrested in London for allegedly beating his wife, Yemisi.
Suswan, who said he had been in Germany since he left Nigeria on vacation claimed the reports was the handiwork of politicians in the state, bent on tarnishing his reputation.
He urged Nigerians to disregard propaganda against him by those, who, he said have sworn to stop at nothing to belittle what he achieved in Benue state despite the monumental problems which his administration inherited when he came on board in 2007.
In a statement personally signed by him, Suswam cautioned that there should be a limit to falsehood.
According to the report in an online medium, the former governor was purportedly arrested by the Metropolitan Police Domestic Violence Officers for battering his wife.
He was booked into the London detention centre for several hours before an unidentified judge set a £5000 bail bound which he met before being released.
But describing the report as fictitious, Suswam denied ever going to London, saying he had been in Germany with his wife on vacation, even as he challenged authors of the report to name the street and address of his said house in London.
He added that the report was an indication that his traducers had decided to carry “defamation and slander almost too far in their latest cock and bull stories.”
On the claim that his wife’s trauma was as a result of the overbearing influence of her mistress, one Shidoo, Suswam said the imaginary mistress “exists only in the figment of the writers’ imagination.”
He added that, while he had always considered himself most fulfilled among men when it comes to matrimonial life, his wife, “Yemisi is not only a quintessence of physical beauty, as they themselves would helplessly admit, she is a capsule portrait of feminine perfection. So, what else would a man desire for himself as an ideal woman to warrant any thought of a second wife?”
The former governor also refuted another report alleging that his wife and her associates drove in two large trucks to the Benue State Liaison Office in Abuja, with the intent to cart away all the expensive furnishings.
Suswam said it was still the recent series of unsubstantiated ‘Tales by Moonlight’ designed to portray the former First Lady as descending into such a low.
He also cited another report which he said was “sponsored by the same faceless clowns who have made the business of pulling me down their past time, that before I departed from Benue Government House, there was looting of items, including utensils.”
The former governor described the report about Yemisi’s involvement in carting away items like bedsheets, amplified by their paid agents in other fora “as absolutely absurd and irresponsible journalism.”