An attempt by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), in the early hours of Wednesday, to arrest Apostle Johnson Suleiman of The Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide was foiled by the intervention of Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, Ayodele Fayose.
The pastor, whose video, preaching for armed resistance against non-Christians and Fulani, went viral on the internet and sparked many debates was in Ekiti for a two-day crusade.
According to The Vanguard, the pastor was on his way back to his hotel room, after paying a courtesy visit to the governor, when the DSS got on his trail. However, the men of the DSS were foiled in their attempt to arrest him by men of the hotel’s security detail who insisted on knowing what their mission was.
This got to the ears of the pastor who immediately placed a call to Governor Fayose. The state governor led the delegation of security personnel who went to pick the pastor up and whisked him away.
The pastor, while narrating his experience, 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 come near 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 on fire.”
Governor Fayose, on his part, expressed surprise at the manner the DSS handled the issue. He said the midnight arrest was uncalled for as an invite could have been extended to the pastor instead.
He opined that the nation was being run along fascist lines and that fairness should not be thrown out of the window. He wondered at the government’s new knack of harassing clergymen noting the forced resignation of Pastor Enoch Adeboye.
“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,” he said.