Attack on Apostle Suleiman: Edo CP orders withdrawal of Auchi police DPO over killing of suspect

By DADA AYOKHAI

Commissioner of Police in Edo State, AIG Abutu Yaro, has ordered the withdrawal of Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Auchi Division, CSP Ayodele Suleiman over the controversial death of one of the attackers of the President, Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman.

The suspect was reportedly arrested alive and handed over to the police after gunmen opened fire on the convoy of the cleric on Friday evening along the Benin–Auchi Road in Edo State.

In a viral video, a voice said to be that of a policeman said, “One of the kidnappers that was caught today (Friday) while the DPO, CSP Ayodele Sulaiman, led the operation along Ihieve -Auchi Road, and after a gun battle, this one (suspect) was gunned down while others escaped with bullet wounds. Bush combing is ongoing.”

…In a statement on Saturday, the outgoing police commissioner in the state ordered the immediate withdrawal of the DPO for debriefing.

“As part of the measures of the Command concerning 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 outgoing CP now AIG Abutu Yaro fdc has ordered the withdrawal of CSP Ayodele Suleiman, DPO Auchi for debriefing at the State Headquarters with immediate effect,” said the statement signed by Edo police spokesman, Iwegbu Jennifer.

“Meanwhile, members of the Public are urged to remain calm and patient as no stone would be left unturned to unearth the circumstances surrounding it.”

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