The Commissioner of Police (CP), Edo State Police Command (now AIG) Abutu Yaro has ordered the withdrawal of CSP Ayodele Suleiman, DPO (Divisional Police Officer) Auchi for debriefing at the State Headquarters with immediate effect.
A statement e-signed by ASP Iwegbu U. Jennifer, Deputy Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, said the measure is in response to “the circumstances that led to the death of one of the surviving members of the monstrous gang that attacked the convoy of Apostle Johnson Suleiman, General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministry”.
The statement however urged members of the public to remain calm and patient “as no stone would be left unturned to unearth the circumstances surrounding it (the attack)”.
Eighteen-Eleven Media reports that gunmen on Friday attacked the convoy of the senior pastor.
Reports have it that the cleric’s convoy was ambushed by unknown gunmen on Warake Road in Auchi, Edo State.
Four policemen, one driver and a domestic servant of the cleric were confirmed dead. The cleric was fortunate to escape in his bulletproof SUV.
Meanwhile, Apostle Suleman faulted police report that one of the suspected kidnappers among the gang that attacked his convoy was gunned down during a gun battle with the police along Auchi Expressway, noting that the suspect was caught and handed over to the police.
Suleman who made the rebuttal on his Twitter page asked why the security operatives killed a suspect who could have led to the unravelling of the perpetrators behind the deadly attack.
His words: “Lies…there (they) weren’t kidnappers… He was caught and handed over and the police killed him immediately…why?..why kill him on the spot? Who is trying to cover up traces?”
CPS Ayodele Suleiman, the Divisional Police Officer in Auchi had maintained that the police had a gun battle with the suspected gang that attacked the convoy of the cleric yesterday and killed one of the members.