The Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, has detained a Youtuber, Israel Balogun, over allegations of criminal defamation and cyber stalking of the General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman.
Punch gathered that the 38-year-old was interrogated for about four hours and later detained after being given stringent bail conditions.
It was learnt that Balogun posted a video on his Youtube channel where he showed clips of Suleman declaring to his congregation that angels would deposit money into their bank accounts.
The clips were from ministrations of the cleric in Atlanta, United States, and Auchi, Edo State, where worshippers showed their phones to testify to receiving credit alerts in their bank accounts.
Balogun described the claims as false and slammed Suleiman.
His remarks were trailed by mixed reactions on social media.
While some commended Balogun for his boldness, others said he was seeking relevance.
The businessman told Punch that he later got a threat call from one Obi-West.
“He said he is the eyes of Apostle Suleman on social media and said I should expect to hear from them. He said I will be missing and he will make sure I get punished by officers from the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters.
“He said killing me is nothing to them. I recorded the whole conversation and used it in recording another video where I called people to rescue me because my life was in danger,” he added.
Balogun noted that he received a letter from Suleman’s lawyer on Monday, August 2, 2021, demanding a public apology within seven days.
He said, “I was still consulting with my lawyer when somebody called to notify me that some guys from Abuja were in Lagos to pick me up to Abuja. My wife, daughter and I immediately abandoned our home and went into hiding.”
The Ogun State indigene said he later received an invitation from the Special Enquiry Bureau, FCIID, Abuja.
The invite, signed by one ACP Yahaya Abubakar, asked Balogun to report at the FCIID on Wednesday, August 11, 2021.
Balogun’s lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, told Punch Metro on Wednesday that the Youtuber had been detained.
He said, “The formal interrogation was for about four hours, including the time they used in taking his statements. Part of his bail conditions was to provide two sureties with landed property and certificate of ownership in Abuja, and a Level 14 civil servant with either a letter of last employment or letter of introduction.
“We have somebody with CofO, and presented a Level 13 civil servant, which they accepted. But they insisted that the person should bring a letter of introduction, whereas the person has a letter of last promotion. Even though we said we will bring the originals tomorrow, they rejected it and put Balogun in the cell.
“The conditions are difficult and unnecessary given the nature of the offence. There is no reason why the police should get involved as he (Suleman) should have gone to court to file legal action if he felt he had been defamed.”
Let us be honest, is this what Jesus preached?
Was Jesus Himself not condemned when he was here on earth?
How many people did he stone? How many people did he use the police to arrest? Did He condemn those that insulted Him? No! He even asked that His Father forgive them.
Truth is, if you don’t practice any of this, and act otherwisem then only you know your God. More so, you don’t ever, ever fight for God.
You are said to be a man of God and doing God’s work, what if anyone condemns you? ISN’T THAT NORMAL?. Didn’t the Bible say TRUE CHRISTIANS will face persecutions?
Was TB JOSHUA NOT CALLED A FAKE MAN OF GOD??? No Nigerian prophet/pastor has that nickname than TB JOSHUA. Fake prophet, Fake man of God. HOW MANY PEOPLE DID TB JOSHUA ARREST. Lord have mercy!!! Yet they call him the fake one, and neglected his people when he died. But the ”true men of God” are arresting citizens and fighting them in the open and get hailed for it.
Truth is does an arrest stop the truth? Can we just face God and forget whatsoever anyone is saying? As if Adeboye does not get insulted or Oyedepo.