A suspect arrested by the police for the assassination attempt on Apostle Johnson Suleman has shared details of how he and his team trailed the clergyman and tried to end his life.
On Thursday, the police paraded no fewer than 20 suspects in Abuja for offences including conspiracy, attempted murder, murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and possession of illicit drugs among others.
One of them, 32-year-old Yusuf Isah, who was apprehended in connection with the attack on Suleman's convoy in October 2022 confessed that the cleric was meant to die in the assassination attempt.
Isah told members of the press that he and members of his gang followed Apostle Suleman up until the point where they launched the attack with 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”, he shared.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed that five AK 47 riffles, two K2 rifles and 180 live ammunition were recovered from the suspect.
“Following an intensive investigation into the fatal attack on the convoy of Apostle Johnson Suleman along Benin-Auchi Road wherein six people, including three police personnel, were gruesomely murdered, operatives of FIB-IRT on the trail of the assailants apprehended one Yusuf Isah, a native of Okene, Kogi State and a plumber, at Agbaraoluwa Phase 2 Ijoka, Akure, Ondo State and recovered five AK 47 rifles, two K2 assault rifles, 180 live ammunition and four suspected IEDs found in his apartment,” Adejobi stated.
Speaking further, he said that the suspect admitted to abducting an oil magnate and a businessman for whom N70 million and N2 million were respectively paid for their freedom.
“The suspect confessed that he joined the vicious gang in 2021 after he was freed from Olokuta Correctional Centre where he was on remand since 2019 for alleged involvement in armed robbery.
“The group specialises in kidnapping for ransom and has carried out about four kidnapping operations between 2021 and 2023, including the attack on the convoy of the cleric before the gang was eventually busted by the police.
“The suspect confessed that the gang was responsible for the kidnap of a popular oil dealer at Jetu, Auchi in 2022, where they obtained a ransom of about N70m before his release.
“The gang equally carried out the kidnapping of a businessman along the Benin-Agbor Expressway in 2022 and collected N20m as ransom from the victim’s family.”