By Kola Bola
Ekiti State governor, Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose, reportedly stormed Midas Hotel, Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital to prevent the arrest Apostle Johnson Suleiman by the Department of State Security (DSS).
Suleiman is the pastor in charge of Omega Fire Ministry, Kaduna, who spoke out recently on the alleged misadventure of Fulani herdsmen who are killing people in some parts of Nigeria.
According to report tweeted by Lere Olayinka, Media Assistant to Fayose, the DSS who came in three Hilux Vans had laid siege on the hotel before Fayose stormed the facility and whisked the embattled pastor away to the Ekiti State Government House.
Apostle Suleiman might have gotten into the present trouble with the security agency following his recent controversial sermon. In the said homily Suleiman urged members of the congregation to kill any Fulani herdsman that comes close to the facility, among other things.
However, it is unclear yet why Fayose decided to intervene on the matter by foiling Suleiman’s arrest.
It would be recalled that Fayose emerged the first governor in the Federation to prohibit the unrestricted invasion of farms by the herdsmen with their cows. While some tagged Fayose’s action as political grandstanding, many hailed his efforts.
Also, this would be the second time in months that the state security operations would be foiled by an executive governor and the two are of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
DSS, it would be recalled, encountered similar dramatic governorship intervention in its operation last year when Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, drove to the scene with a handful of thugs to foil the crackdown on a High Court judge in Port Harcourt.
“As the standoff between the governor’s team and security agents continued an unmarked vehicle reportedly drove out of the facility and escaped.
“Fayose drove himself to the hotel and moved the man of God to the Government House.”