DSS quizzes, releases Apostle Suleman over call to kill Fulani herdsmen

Johnson Suleman

The Department of State Service (DSS) on Monday released founder of the Omega Fire Ministries, Johnson Suleman, after four hours of questioning.

He was released to cheers from members of his church.

Suleman’s spokesperson, Phrank Shuaibu, told Premium Times the clergyman was released before 11 pm on Monday.

“The interviews have ended. We have left the facility just now. I will communicate the details later,” he said.

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

His spokesperson had earlier provided details of the interview.

“We arrived here (SSS office) this evening, at about 7 pm 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 showing him calling on his congregation to kill Fulani herdsmen to protect themselves went viral.

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

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

Speaking shortly after his arrival in Abuja, the cleric said the agency 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.

On the call to kill Fulani herdsmen, Suleman said, “I was talking in my personal capacity on information from a reliable source that certain people in the capacity of herdsmen were coming to attack me and I told the people around me that if it happens they should defend themselves.”

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