There are strong indications that the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman, would appear before the Department of State Services (DSS) on Monday at its National Headquarters in Abuja with about 30 lawyers.
The secret police had invited him yesterday for interrogation based on his recent alleged inciting comments that Christians should defend themselves against attacks by Fulani herdsmen.
Barely two weeks ago, the controversial pastor was reported to have ordered his security aides to kill “any Fulani herdsman that comes into his church premises.”
He said this on the back of information received on a plot to assassinate him.
The development led to a ‘foiled’ – middle of the night – raid by detectives of the DSS in Ekiti State to arrest him.
DSS operatives had stormed the hotel where he lodged after a crusade, but Suleman quickly reached out to Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, who intervened on his behalf.
However, The Punch quoted a source as saying that:
“Suleman will be appearing before the DSS with about 30 lawyers because we believe that his persecution has become politicised.”
The Christian Association of Nigeria had also raised the alarm that Suleman “has become a refugee in Ekiti State as security operatives are said to be searching every nook and cranny of the state to arrest him.”
When contacted, the clerics Communications Adviser, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, confirmed the invitation, saying he would appear before the DSS on Monday.
He said, “Yes, I can confirm to you that he (Suleman) was officially invited and as a law-abiding citizen, he will honour the DSS invitation on Monday. The invitation, though ludicrous and an afterthought, is a welcome development.”