Just in: Fayose stops DSS attempt to arrest, Apostle Suleiman in Ekiti

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, early this morning, Wednesday, stopped an alleged attempt by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) from arresting General overseer of The Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleiman  who is in Ado Ekiti for a crusade.

The DSS officials were reported to have surrounded the preacher’s hotel, waiting for him to arrive there from the day’s programme, which was attended by Fayose.

Sulaiman was alleged to have preached against alleged plots to Islamise Nigeria and had told members of his church in Auchi, Edo State to fight back should they be attack by herdsmen, who he alleged of targeting Christians for decimation.

He allegedly told his followers to fight if they remain unprotected from the marauders and kill them should they enter their church.

The Pastor had been in Ado Ekiti for a two-day crusade and was allegedly trailed after paying a courtesy visit to the governor at the Government House.

The state agents were said to have attempted to forcefully take the preacher from his hotel room in the Adebayo area of the state capital, but were resisted by the security men at the hotel, who insisted on knowing their mission.

The Pastor was alerted and he called on Governor Fayose who personally led a rescue mission to prevent the DSS operatives from taking the preacher away.

Fayose took the Pastor with him from the hotel for safety and was said to have engaged the security operatives in a verbal altercation on the propriety of their mission.

Narrating his ordeal after being rescued at 2:00 am on Wednesday, Apostle Sulaiman 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 have 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 was and I had warned my security not to allow any Fulani man to 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 set this country on fire.”

Governor Fayose, who expressed surprise and dismay over the development, said he expected the security operatives to have invited him “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.

The Governor said: “I personally attended his crusade and I think it is wrong for a man of God who is armless and could be invited if they have any issue against him before arresting him. Are Christians and Muslims 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.”

Governor Fayose noted that it was unbecoming of the Federal Government to be harassing the clergymen in the country noting that the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, was harassed and forced to resign shortly after he visited him in Ado Ekiti.

He said, “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.”

The governor also warned security operatives against intimidation and arrest of men of God in the interest of peace and religious harmony in the country. The constitution guarantees freedom of worship.”

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Boko Haram is not yet in Ekiti – CP

Police Commissioner Ekiti State , CP Wilson Inalegwu, has denied the fear of Boko Haram existence in the state.

He stated that the deployment of security operatives in the state was in reaction to the security challenges in the state.

Inalegwu made the clarification while receiving the team of Security Watch Africa (SWA) led by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Security Watch broadcasting programme on the African Independent Television, (AIT), Mr. Patrick Agbambu, and his colleague, Mr. Shina Philips, a security watch International assessor.

The police had three weeks ago deployed about 200 additional mobile police officers in the state, creating panic among the populace.

While receiving the award of the Most Outstanding Urban Security Chief in West Africa given to him by SWA, CP Inalegwu dismissed the fear in some quarters that the heavy presence of policemen at strategic points in the state was in response to the alleged infiltration of Boko Haram members into the South-west and also for political reasons ahead of Ekiti State gubernatorial election in June, 2018.

He said: “I asked for more officers from the Inspector General of Police and he graciously granted the request. The step is not driven by any political reason but for us to properly ensure there is security.

“Nobody asked me to ask for more police. It was my request and my assessment was not based on any political consideration.”

Further allaying the fear of Boko Haram presence in the state, he added: “Boko Haram is not yet in Ekiti. We haven’t got such information either through intelligence or other means.

“If we have had Boko Haram infiltration, we would have known. I advise all our people to let us know if there is such in the state.”

Robbers hijack police van, kill policeman in Ekiti

A disaster strucked the Ekiti State Police Command on Thursday as robbers  killed a policeman, Known as Inspector Gada, and battered another cop called Sergeant Sunday.

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Meanwhile, the robbers get away with a police van in the attack, which took place in Ilupeju, in the Oye Local Government Area of the state.

A resident, who asked not to be named, said, “I think the policemen were returning from a patrol in the Itapa area and got to a checkpoint between Ilupeju and Oye, in front of the house of a prominent politician in this state, Bamitale Oguntoyinbo, when the robbers, who had apparently laid an ambush for them, swooped on them and rained bullets on the policemen.

“By the time the robbers were through with the onslaught, the team leader, who we know as Inspector Gada, had been killed, while Sergeant Sunday was seriously injured and rushed to a hospital. The incident happened at about 5am.”

The resident added that the robbers escaped in the policemen’s patrol van.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Alberto Adeyemi, while confirming the attack, said a policeman was killed while another one was seriously injured and “has been rushed to the Federal Medical Hospital in Ido, in the Ido-Osi Local Government Area of the state.

“Meanwhile, we have commenced investigation into the incident and will ensure that we get to the root of the matter and also bring perpetrators to book.”

It will be recalled that the police command lost its paymaster, Idowu Taiwo, on Monday.

Taiwo, was found dead in a car on Monday with his hands tied to the back in the Ajilosun area after being kidnapped on Sunday by unidentified gunmen.

NSCDC nabs suspect during robbery operation in Ekiti

Men and officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), last weekend arrested a robbery suspect terrorizing a section of Ado Ekiti in recent time during midnight operations.

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Speaking in Ado Ekiti yesterday, the Commandant of the Ekiti NSCDC Command, Mr Donatus Ikemefuna, said the four-man robbery gang had invaded the Jokotayo area of Adebayo and embarked on house-to-house robbery operation of the residents.

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He said the suspects invaded the area at about 11.30pm on a motorbike, which was parked at the entrance before the NSCDC operatives stormed the area after receiving a distressed call to foil the operation.

Ikemefuna, who disclosed that the robbers immediately fled the scene upon realising that his men had cordoned off the area , said double barrel guns, machetes, axe , torchlight and other arms were recovered from the only culprit that was arrested at the robbery scene.

The NSCDC boss said the suspect was immediately handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.

He said his men’s action was borne out of the existing synergy among all the security agencies in the state in terms of cooperation and in performance of overlapping operations to rid Ekiti of criminals .

“As soon as we arrested the suspect, we handed him over to the police for investigation because armed robbery cases fall within the purview of the Nigeria Police.

“I want to appeal to the public to continue to partner us by providing useful information and summon courage anytime they have security challenge either to police station or NSCDC office to rescue them.”

Photos: Fayose receives bodies of the 6 doctors that died in autocrash in Ekiti

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, dressed in black attire with a black fez cap, in company with some government’s officials, including his Deputy, Dr. Kolapo Olusola, received the remains of six medical doctors who died along Kaduna/Abuja Road on Sunday.

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The six doctors, who were staff of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, were on the way to Sokoto to attend their annual general meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association .

Fayose received their remains at the popular Fajuyi Park from where the ambulances took the bodies to the morgue of the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital.