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Chilling Revelation: Suspect Admits Intent to Assassinate Apostle Suleman in Attack

In a significant breakthrough, law enforcement authorities in Abuja apprehended a total of 20 suspects involved in various criminal activities, such as conspiracy, attempted murder, murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, and possession of illicit drugs. Among the suspects, 32-year-old Yusuf Isah was arrested in connection with the audacious attack on Apostle Johnson Suleman, the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, which occurred in October of last year.During an interview with journalists, Isah openly confessed that the assault on the religious leader was intended to assassinate him. The assailants, armed with a cache of weapons, ambushed Apostle Suleman’s convoy along the Benin-Auchi Road in Edo State, resulting in the tragic deaths of six individuals, including three police officers.Addressing the press during a parade of the suspects in Abuja, Force Public Relations Officer Muyiwa Adejobi revealed that Isah was apprehended by the Intelligence Rapid Team following an exhaustive investigation. Isah further divulged to reporters that he and his accomplices had meticulously tracked the pastor’s movements until launching the attack with five AK-47 rifles.”The attack on him (Suleman) was to assassinate him. I was not part of the discussion; Ilayasu and Labisca were the ones involved in the discussion. We attacked him with five AK-47 rifles. Labisca trailed him from where he was coming from to the point where we attacked him,” Isah confessed.According to the police spokesperson, five AK-47 rifles, two K2 rifles, and 180 live ammunition rounds were recovered from the suspect. Significantly, some of these weapons were identified as the firearms seized from the three officers slain during the assault.”FIB-IRT operatives apprehended Yusuf Isah, a native of Okene, Kogi State, and a plumber, at Agbaraoluwa Phase 2 Ijoka, Akure, Ondo State, after an intensive investigation into the fatal attack on Apostle Johnson Suleman’s convoy. Recovered from his apartment were five AK-47 rifles, two K2 assault rifles, 180 live ammunition, and four suspected improvised explosive devices (IEDs),” Adejobi disclosed.Furthermore, the police spokesperson confirmed that the suspect admitted to being part of a criminal gang involved in the kidnapping for ransom. Isah revealed that they had abducted an oil magnate and a businessman, for whom they received N70 million and N2 million respectively in exchange for their release.”The suspect confessed that he joined the vicious gang in 2021 after being released from Olokuta Correctional Centre, where he had been on remand since 2019 for alleged involvement in armed robbery. The group specializes in kidnapping for ransom and has carried out about four kidnappings between 2021 and 2023, including the attack on the convoy of the cleric before the gang was eventually apprehended by the police,” Adejobi added.The police spokesperson disclosed that two members of the seven-man gang were killed in separate encounters with law enforcement, while efforts to apprehend the remaining fugitives were ongoing.In addition to Isah and his gang, authorities also paraded Emu Chidiebere, 34, Samuel Balogun, 22, Babatunde Femi, 30, and Nneka Opara, 32, who were apprehended for their involvement in a separate kidnapping case. Chidiebere, the main suspect, had posed as a gold transaction agent to lure a Swiss national to Nigeria.”The suspects held the victim hostage in an apartment from May 30, 2023, to June 2, 2023. They took pictures of the victim and sent them, along with threatening messages, to the victim’s girlfriend in Zurich, who eventually wired them $2,000 via Western Union on June 1, 2023. Upon receiving the report, FIB-IRT operatives were deployed, leading to the successful apprehension of the suspects,” Adejobi explained.During the past two months, law enforcement has made substantial progress in curbing criminal activities nationwide, with 548 armed robbery suspects, 242 kidnapping suspects, 365 murder/homicide suspects, and approximately 237 suspects for rape/defilement being apprehended. Moreover, a commendable total of 113 kidnapping victims were successfully rescued, while 306 firearms and 3,944 rounds of ammunition were confiscated across the country, according to Adejobi.


Ademola Adeyemi

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