Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State on Wednesday morning foiled an attempt by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest Apostle Johnson Suleiman of The Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide in Ado Ekiti.
The popular pastor, it was learnt, was preaching against Islamizing Nigeria and asked members of his church in Auchi, Edo State to resist the killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen, who he alleged of targeting Christians for decimation.
It was also gathered that Apostle Suleiman, who was in Ado Ekiti for a two-day crusade that was also attended by Fayose, was trailed after paying a courtesy visit to the governor at the Government House to his hotel room by the operatives of the DSS.
He was trailed by the security operatives in the Adebayo area of the State capital, who almost forced their way to his room but were resisted by security men of the hotel that insisted to know their mission.
Upon sensing the danger, the Pastor then called Governor Fayose who personally led a rescue mission to prevent the abduction of the Pastor and took him to safety.
While narrating his ordeal, the Pastor 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.
“I received several calls from hidden numbers trying to locate where I am and I had warned my security not to allow any Fulani man to come nearer me. So 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”.
Reacting to the incident, Governor Fayose said:
“If they have any issue with him instead of arresting him in the dead of the night after a powerful and spirit-filled crusade in my State.”
“I personally attended his crusade and I think it is wrong for a man of God who is armless that could be invited if they have any issue against him. Are Christians and Moslems under different dispensation of the rule of law? . That’s why I went there to rescue him. Let them kill two of us together. But when they saw my vehicles and the crowd, they fled.
“But we have information that instructions came from DSS in Abuja that the Pastor should be arrested. We are not in a fascist state, Federal Government must learn to respect the rights of Nigerians and freedom of expression”.