Apostle Suleman: Court fines DSS DG over unlawful arrest, detention

by Omoleye Omoruyi

A Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta, has asked the Department of State Services (DSS), to tender an unreserved apology to Tareri Avwomakpa whom it arrested in February for calling on Christians to support and accompany the General-Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman to its office when the Apostle was invited for interrogation over alleged hate preaching.

In a suit, FHC/ASB/CS/14/2017, against the Director-General, DSS and the Delta State Director, DSS, filed by Tareri, a Warri-based legal practitioner and the son of the South-South Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the judge, Justice Adegoke while delivering his ruling on the case, held that Avwomakpa’s arrest was unlawful and unconstitutional.

He therefore awarded N250,000 damages against the DSS Director-General and the Delta state director of the organisation.

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The court also ordered the DSS to write a formal letter of apology to the claimant for a breach of his constitutional human rights.

Tareri also confirmed the ruling when contacted on Thursday and dedicated the judgment to Nigerians who had been killed, maimed and were currently suffering oppression for being Christians across the country.

Recall that the DSS had in January 28, invited the Apostle to its Abuja office for interrogation over claims that he preached hate sermons to his congregation.

Suleman was invited after he ordered his Christian followers to defend themselves if any herdsman comes to attack and or kill them.

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