The Divisional Police Officer of Auchi Division, Edo State, Ayodele Suleiman, has been removed by the state Commissioner of Police, Assistant Inspector General of Police Abutu Yaro.
This followed the death of a suspect in the attack on the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman.
A statement by the Command’s Deputy Public Relations Officer, Jennifer Iwegbu, said the DPO’s withdrawal was part of the measures to unravel the circumstances that led to the death of one of the surviving members of the gang that attacked the convoy of Suleman on Friday.
Suleiman, a Chief Superintendent of Police is to report at the State Police Command Headquarters for debriefing.
The statement read: “The outgoing CP now AIG Abutu Yaro has ordered the withdrawal of CSP Ayodele Suleiman, DPO Auchi for debriefing at the State Headquarters with immediate effect.
“We urged members of the public to remain calm and patient, assuring that no stone would be left unturned to unearth the circumstances surrounding the incident.”
It was earlier reported that one of the suspected attackers of the Apostle Suleiman was arrested by vigilantes present in the community and handed over to the police.
However, a video obtained by The Eagle Online showed a policeman shooting the suspect inside a car.
A passerby was heard in the video hailing the unidentified policeman for his action.
Reacting to the alleged death of the suspect, Apostle Suleman took to his Twitter account to accuse the police of trying to erase all evidences that could lead to the arrest of his attackers.