The General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleiman has again reaffirmed his call on all Nigerians to defend themselves against any attack by alleged Fulani Herdsmen.
In an interview with newsmen in Abuja, Apostle Suleiman said that he was ready to honour the invitation of the Department of State Services (DSS) despite the failure of the service to disclose the reason behind his invitation.
He said that he stands by his earlier statement calling on all Nigerians irrespective of religious affiliation to defend themselves against the Fulani herdsmen.
Apostle Suleiman was yet to visit the headquarters of the Department of State Services as at the time of filing this report.
There are conflicting reports on the arrest of the General Overseer of an Edo state based church, Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleiman.
Meanwhile, a source says he was picked up by the DSS early on Wednesday morning, for allegedly asking his members to kill any Fulani herdsman that strays into the church premises.
The Chief Press Secretary to the governor of Ekiti state, Mr Idowu Adelusi told Channels Television on Wednesday, that the state Governor, Ayodele Fayose, prevented the DSS from arresting the Pastor.
Apostle Suleiman has been very critical of recent killing of Christians in southern Kaduna by herdsmen during his sermons and has encouraged retaliation.
The Pastor was in Ado-Ekiti for a two- day crusade that was also attended by Fayose.
After paying a courtesy visit to the governor, he was trailed to his hotel room by the operatives of the DSS in Adebayo area of the state capital, who almost forced their way to his room but were resisted by security men of the hotel that insisted on knowing their mission.
Mr Fayose believes that broadcasting in Nigeria is set on a dynamic and prosperous course with Mr Momoh now in the saddle.
“It is heartwarming to commend Mr John Momoh for emerging the first professional and private television entrepreneur to become the chairman of the BON.
“Mr. Momoh is a core professional who has practised his trade in broadcasting with sound judgment and strict adherence to its ethical tenets.
“He has brought his professionalism to bear on the management of the Channels Television which has since emerged as a leading broadcasting station in the country as well as a multiple award winning 24-hour news television channel.
“Momoh is widely recognized in Nigeria as a transformative industry pioneer with his 37-year-long career in news television broadcasting.
“Little wonder he was included in a new book by veteran journalists and ex-helmsmen of The Daily Sun newspapers, Mike Awoyinfa and Dimgba Igwe, titled ‘50 WORLD EDITORS — Conversations with Journalism Masters on Trends and Best Practices’, where his success story and that of Channels TV is chronicled as a chapter.
“While I wish him a great time as BON helmsman, I want to urge him to continue to adhere to the ethical tenets guiding the trade and also protect the sanctity of the noble profession,” Governor Fayose said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi.