Popular cleric Apostle Johnson Suleman has alleged that a senior police officer masterminded last year’s deadly attack on his convoy.
The Auchi-based pastor said after the attack, an unnamed police officer narrated in a post on his social media page how he (the officer) had deployed officers to the cleric, but they all died under mysterious circumstances.
“I have never met the guy (the officer) in my life. You defamed me in public; go and make the apology in public.
“The plan was that he (unnamed officer) should drive, and I will be seated. When they (gunmen) start shooting, he would open the car and run out.
“I took the (car) key, and when I did that, he bent his head. He (the unnamed officer) was the first to be wasted.”
Apostle Suleman said no police officer attached to his convoy had died before.
The cleric said he had informed the police authorities in Nigeria that he would tell members of his church about the post of the officer.
The Police Spokesperson in Edo State, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, responding to the allegation of conspiracy, said, “The matter is with the Force Criminal Investigation Department.”
Gunmen had attacked the convoy of Suleman around Auchi, killing seven people, including three police officers.
The incident occured hours after the cleric returned from a trip to the East African country, Tanzania.
Apostle Suleman had described the attack as an assassination attempt.