Apostle Suleiman Attempted Arrest: Here’s How Gov. Fayose Intervened

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An attempt by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest Apostle Johnson Suleiman of The Omega Fire Ministries World wide in Ado Ekiti was foiled in the early hours of this morning by Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose.

The preacher was in Ado Ekiti for a two-day crusade tagged ‘Help From Above’ – his first in the state. The programme attended by a massive crowd including Fayose.

Suleiman was trailed to his hotel room at Midas Hotel, by the operatives of the DSS, who nearly forced their way into his room but were resisted by security men of the hotel who insisted on knowing their mission.

It was reported that the armed DSS operatives arrived in three Hilux vans and were lying in wait at the hotel before Johnson Suleiman was informed about the development. He then called Governor Fayose who personally stormed the location on a rescue mission to prevent the arrest of the Pastor and took him to the Government house.

Narrating his ordeal at about 2 am, the cleric said:

“I came to Ado Ekiti for a crusade. But I had a premonition that I was being trailed after I preached that Christians should retaliate any attack or killings by the Fulani herdsmen.

“These Fulani headmen had turned many Christians to orphans and widowers but the time has come to protect ourselves. When the men of DSS came in the middle of the night I knew their mission and I had to call the Governor because if they arrest me, they will put this country in fire.

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“I’d like to pass this on. If I spend one day in the DSS custody, it will take one year for Nigeria to [cushion] the effect. I have 42 branches around the world and I have alerted them.

“If they arrest me, all the Nigerian embassies in these 42 countries will be [besieged]. I also have over half a million members in Nigeria.”

Governor Fayose, obviously unhappy at the way the security agents choose to go about the arrest, said he expected the DSS to invite the man of God if they have any issue with him rather than trying to arrest him in the dead of the night.

His words:

“Are Christians and Moslems under different dispensation of the rule of law? We are not in a fascist state, FG must learn to respect the rights of Nigerians and freedom of expression.

“This is unacceptable, We are in a democracy and Nigerians should warn the Presidency against putting this country on fire because religion is an emotional thing.”

Johnson Suleiman Arrest: Here's How Gov. Fayose Intervened
Johnson Suleiman Arrest: Here’s How Gov. Fayose Intervened

The attempted arrest of Johnson Suleiman is connected to a sermon he preached at his church calling for the killing of Fulani herdsmen. In a video footage, Apostle Johnson Suleiman told his congregants that he got an information about a plan by Fulani herdsmen to attack his convoy and shoot him.

Although it is uncertain when the video was recorded, the fact that the preacher made reference to the recent crisis in Southern Kaduna is an indication that the sermon might have been preached within October 2016 and January 2017.said the cleric.

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The cleric said:

“Somebody called me on phone and said: ‘are you alone?’ I said yeah. He said I want to talk to you. I said what is it. He said there is a plan to send Fulani herdsmen after you. I said after who? He said after me. He said why are you saying okay? He said I’m telling you to be careful. I said careful of what? He said they are going to run into the road like herdsmen and cause some confusion and when your security men are trying to clear them, clear them, you will come out and the will open fire. I said Okay.”

He continued:

“After about a week, two weeks, he called me and said, ‘if they don’t do that, they might bring them to come around church premises.’ I said it is okay. Are you the one they are after. I said it’s okay.

“And I told my people, I said any Fulani herdsman you see around you, kill him. (cheers from the congregants). Yesterday she was talking I just keep quiet because you know women there are things you don’t tell them.

“I have told them in the church here that any Fulani herdsman that just enter by mistake and want to pretend, kill him. Kill him (more cheers from the packed church).

Cut his head. If they are busy killing Christians and nothing is happening, we will kill them and nothing will happen.”

The cleric made reference to the communal clashes in Southern Kaduna, where hundreds of people have been reported killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen saying no one has been prosecuted for the killing.

Pastor Johnson Suleiman also accused Nigerians from the north of the country of being in control of the country’s security agencies. He wondered how Boko Haram members were able to escape from jail when pro-Biafra agitators are in prison.

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He suggested that a state of emergency should have been declared in Kaduna State for the killings but for Mr. El-Rufai.

Meanwhile, speaking in 2014, during the inauguration of the 36 states’ chairmen of the Board of National Coalition for Jonathan and Sambo Presidency, a former Governor of Zamfara state, Alhaji Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi said that the supposed Fulani herdsmen unleashing mayhem on people in different parts of the county were actually terrorists in disguise, adding that they should be arrested and treated as terrorists and be dealt with accordingly.

According to him:

“As a former executive governor and as a northerner, I can tell Nigerians, and authoritatively so, that the herdsmen that we know are usually not more than two or three, tending to their cows with a long stick as their weapon.

“Today, we are faced with the so-called Fulani herdsmen numbering from five to 30 at a time, armed with sophisticated weapons. The coalition hereby recommends that anytime the so-called herdsmen are more than two or three in number, the Joint Military Task Force should arrest them, search them and if guns or machetes are found on them, they should be treated as terrorists and dealt with decisively on the spot. We have enough bloodshed and we want an end to it now.”

It is surprising, therefore, that no concrete action has been taken against the herdsmen since they began their activities in Nigeria. This is the reason why many people believe that the supposed herdsmen are working together with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to achieve the alleged agenda of Islamizing Nigeria.

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