Apostle Suleman questioned by SSS

Apostle Johnson Suleman
Apostle Johnson Suleman

The Edo State based preacher, Johnson Suleman, was still at the headquarters of the State Security Service, SSS, at 10 p.m. on Monday.

Mr. Suleman is being questioned for statements he made asking his church members to defend themselves by killing Fulani herdsmen.

His spokesperson, Phrank Shuaibu, said on Monday night that he hopes his principal will not spend the night at the SSS office.

“We arrived here (SSS office) this evening; at about 7 p.m. and the people to question him were not immediately available.

“The questioning began about 40 minutes ago. But we are sure that in a short while we will leave this place,” he told PREMIUM TIMES at about 10:00 p.m.

The security agency summoned the controversial cleric after a video surfaced showing him calling on his congregation to kill Fulani herdsmen to protect themselves.

“If they are busy killing Christians and nothing is happening, we will kill them and nothing will happen,” he said.

Over 200 people have been killed in clashes between Fulani herdsmen and local farming communities in Southern Kaduna. Similar violence in other states of Nigeria have also caused the death of hundreds of people.

The Southern Kaduna crisis has since taken a religious dimension despite warnings to the contrary by government officials and peace envoys.

Shortly after the video went viral, the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, prevented Mr. Suleman’s arrest in Ekiti when the cleric went for a program there.

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, condemned the planned arrest describing it as a “ploy to turn the preacher into a refugee in his own country.”

“If there is an urgent need to interrogate Apostle Suleman on any issue, it would only have been proper to extend a formal or informal invitation to him from the SSS rather than Gestapo approach used in the attempt to arrest him.

“It should be noted that under Nigerian Laws, he is presumed innocent until a court of law proves otherwise,” the association said.

An invitation was later extended to Mr. Suleman on Sunday to visit the office of the SSS in Abuja on Monday.

Speaking shortly after his arrival in Abuja, the founder of the Omega Fire Ministries said the SSS acted lawfully by inviting him.

“I presume the right thing was done. They have been in touch with me to come and that is why I am in Abuja, so that I can see them,” he said.


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    “There’s no end to the killing of Christians
    in Kaduna. Those behind the heinous crime are known. Yet no one has
    been charged for murder. Instead people like us who speak the truth are being
    persecuted. The federal government must not give the impression of partiality
    or suggest that Christians are the target of this (Buhari) administration”.

    “The governor of Kaduna state
    (Nasir El Rufai) confessed that he paid money to some Fulani
    herdsmen as compensation to stop the killings in southern Kaduna. That means he
    knows those who have committed atrocities against Christians. He must be made
    to produce them to answer to charges of murder and other crimes.

    ………………….Johnson Suleman

    General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries

    (January 29th, 2017)

  • The herdsmen must be put in check or jailed.
    The pastor and the imam must preach peace.

    • Otile

      You can be sure that the herdsmen killing and maiming people will go free.
      The pastor will be queried harassed and may even be murdered.
      The seditious imam will go home free smelling like rose..
      This is on Nigeria for you.

      • If there is to be a lasting peace, your description of events can not accepted as norm.

        • Otile

          Were is love in one Nigeria?
          Where is peace?

          • It’s not about love it ‘s about fairness, i’m not into love however equal justice for all under the law is the the ‘motto’ of the rule of law.