Police free Youtuber detained for criticising Apostle Suleman
The Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, has released a Youtuber, Israel Balogun, who was earlier detained over allegations of criminal defamation and cyberstalking levelled against him by the General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman.
The 38-year-old was interrogated by the police on Wednesday and later detained after being given stringent bail conditions.
Balogun had passed the night in police custody but his lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, while addressing the press on Thursday in Abuja, announced the release of the Youtuber after his detention for over 24 hours.
The Youtuber was also seen beside the lawyer during an address streamed on Facebook.
Effiong said, “Finally, we have Mr Israel Balogun here with us. He has just been released from the custody of the FCIID in Abuja over the petition filed by Apostle Johnson Suleman. He had petitioned the police and got him (Balogun) arrested over alleged cyber-stalking and defamation.
“He spent the night in custody which was unnecessary.
“We are not afraid of going to court, we are not afraid of prosecution; we are not afraid of the powers of the state because my client is on the side of the law,” Effiong stressed, adding that it is a statement of falsehood for “a man of God” to stand on the pulpit and command Angels to credit money into people’s account.
Effiong urged Suleman to command Angels to credit the accounts of the Federal Government “to assist the country”.