One Yusuf Isah, a suspect arrested in connection with the attack on the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has shed more light on the incident.
The suspect, 32, confessed that the attack on the cleric was meant to kill him.
He, however, said he was not part of the discussion and planning of the attack, adding that other members of the gang orchestrated the onslaught.
Within Nigeria had reported on Thursday how the police arrested the suspect who is an indigene of Kogi.
Gunmen in October 2022 attacked the convoy of the cleric along the Benin-Auchi Road in Edo State and killed six persons, including three policemen.
Speaking with journalists when he was paraded by the police after his arrest, Isah said that he and his gang members trailed the pastor to the point where he was attacked with five AK 47 riffles.
He said, “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.”
The police spokesman 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 said.
The FPRO said some of the rifles found with the suspect were snatched from the three policemen killed during the attack.