A YouTuber, Mr. Israel Balogun, who exposed flaws in an alleged money miracle claim by the founder of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has lamented that his life is being threatened.
Naijanews reports that his lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, made this known in a statement issued to journalists in the nation’s capital, Abuja.
According to the YouTuber, an invitation from the police’s Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Abuja, has been sent to him for questioning amid other threats by M.S Amune & Co (Omega Chambers), solicitors to Apostle Suleman, to sue for criminal defamation and cyber-stalking.
Trouble started when Balogun shot a video which was published on YouTube debunking claims repeatedly made by Apostle Suleman during his ministrations in Atlanta, United States of America and Auchi, Edo State that he commanded the Angels to send money mysteriously to worshippers.
Shortly afterwards, some worshippers came out with their phones to meet him in the pulpit to ‘testify’ that they had received credit alerts from the unseen “Angels” as commanded.
Effiong disclosed that the threat of Suleman’s lawyers to his client came sequel to his analysis of the alleged money-miracle scam.
According to him, the lawyers gave Balogun a seven-day deadline to retract the publications alongside an apology for the perceived offence.
However, Effiong noted, barely 24 hours after his client got the letter, he got an invitation from the police to report for interrogation on Friday August 13th, 2021
He said, “Our client, Mr. Israel Goodnews Balogun, has received an invitation from the Special Enquiry Bureau, Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Nigeria Police Force Headquarters, Abuja signed by ACP Y. Y. Abubakar, to report for interview on 13th August 2021 over an alleged case of “Criminal Defamation and Cyberstalking.”
“The invitation follows a threat issued to our client by lawyers to Apostle Johnson Suleman, the Founder of Omega Fire Ministries, over the views expressed by our client in which he disavowed the baseless, false, unsubstantiated and ridiculous miracle money claims repeatedly made by Apostle Suleman during his ministrations in Atlanta, United States of America and in Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria.
”Apostle Suleman during the said ministrations claimed that he commanded the Angels to send money mysteriously to worshippers. In a comical display, some worshippers came out with their phones to meet him in the pulpit to ‘testify’ that they had received credit alerts from the unseen “Angels” as commanded by Suleman.
“As a true believer of the undiluted gospel of Jesus Christ, our client found the miracle money claims to be contrary to Biblical doctrines and the tenets of Christianity and came out to disavow the claims of Apostle Suleman by debunking same.
“Enraged by the views of our client, Mr Suleman briefed his lawyers to write to our client to demand that our client should apologize within seven (7) days. Although the letter from his solicitors is dated 27th July 2021, it was sent to our client via WhatsApp on 3rd August 2021.
“We have responded to the demand letter from Suleman. If he decides to go ahead to institute a civil action against our client for “defamation of character”, we will be happy to meet him and his miracle money Angels in court.
“However, it is important to alert the public, civil society, media and the international community that barely 24 hours after the solicitors to Mr Suleman had written to our client, an invitation letter was received by our client from the Nigeria Police Force.
“We have advised our client as law-abiding citizens to honour the police invitation; while hoping that the police will act professionally and respect the constitutional rights of our client.
“We call on the Inspector-General of Police to save the country from the ensuing embarrassment and the damage the actions of the police, in this case, may do to the image of the country before the international community.
“Nigeria is currently facing severe financial and economic challenges, Apostle Suleman should help the country out of her predicament by commanding his “Angels” to assist the country with his so-called miracle money.
“The Angels should credit the Federation Account with enough funds to help the country meet its urgent financial obligations.
“We hope responsible and God-fearing Christian leaders in Nigeria will have the courage to speak out against the desecration of their faith.
“The eyes of the nation and the world are on the Nigeria Police Force.”