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The Commissioner of police in Edo State, Abutu Yaro, has ordered the withdrawal of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the Auchi Police Station, Ayodele Suleiman, over the dying of one of the suspects who attacked the convoy of a famous Nigerian cleric, Apostle Johnson Suleman.
The police spokesperson withinside the state, Jennifer Iwegbu, disclosed this in a assertion on Saturday.
It changed into said that gunmen attacked Mr Suleman on Friday round Auchi place of Edo State, South-south Nigeria, at the same time as the cleric turned into heading to an unidentified location, hours after getting back from a ride to Tanzania.
Mr Suleman in a video clip published on his proven Twitter deal with Friday night time stated seven people, together with 3 police officers, had been killed withinside the attack.
“As a part of the measures of the command regarding the occasions that brought about the dying of the surviving individuals of the gigantic gang that attacked the convoy of Apostle Johnson Suleman, the outgoing Commissioner of police AIG Abutu Yaro has ordered the withdrawal of the DPO of Auchi (Police Station),” the police spokesperson, Ms Iwegbu, stated withinside the assertion.
Ms Iwegbu, an assistant superintendent of police, stated the DPO’s withdrawal became with instant impact and that he might be interrogated on the police headquarters over the incident.
The withdrawal of the DPO comes hours after Mr Suleman accused the police of foul play, claiming the gunman turned into hurriedly killed which will blur their identities and frustrate the investigation.
The police had claimed the attackers have been kidnappers and that one of the gunmen became killed at some stage in a shoot-out with police operatives.
But the cleric insisted that they have been now no longer kidnappers, however assassins.
“Lie…They (gunmen) weren’t kidnappers… He changed into stuck and passed over and the police killed him immediately…Why?” Mr Suleman stated in any other tweet in reaction to the declare through the police.
“Why killing him at the spot? Who is making an attempt to cowl up traces?”