About seven persons have been reportedly killed after gunmen attacked the convoy of Apostle Johnson Suleman along the Auchi-Warrake Road, Edo State on Friday.
Suleman, who had just returned from a foreign trip, was heading to a destination in Edo State when the gunmen opened fire on his convoy, allegedly killing three of his police orderlies and four other yet-to-be-identified persons.
Suleman’s lawyer, Samuel Amune, also confirmed the attack, saying the cleric just returned from a programme in Tanzania. He noted that Suleman escaped death by the whiskers.
He said, “He was returning from a journey and he had almost gotten on the shores of Auchi when some assassins attacked him. Three of his police orderlies, among others, died. He travelled before and just finished a programme in Tanzania day before yesterday.
“He was returning to Auchi when the gunmen attacked him along Sabongida down to Warrake area, and Auchi shares a direct boundary with Warrake. So, he had passed Warrake and was entering the boundaries of Auchi when the attack happened.”
A security expert, Dickson Osajie, noted that the attack happened in broad daylight.
He said, “They attacked him (Suleman); seven people including a policeman were killed. The country is not safe; how can people move around with guns at the express and they are not detected? It is a disturbing situation.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Chuidi Nwabuzor, said, “I just heard about it a few seconds ago, but I cannot confirm yet. Let me hear from the Divisional Police Officer covering that area.”