A Lagos-based vlogger has been detained by security operatives for alleged criminal defamation and cyber stalking of Apostle Johnson Suleman, the general overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries International.
Naija News understands that the 38-year-old named Israel Balogun was detained after an invitation was sent to him from the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCID), Abuja, on August 3.
Balogun was said to have posted a video on Youtube, showing clips of Suleman declaring to his congregation that angels would deposit money into their bank accounts.
It was gathered Suleman’s church performed a special service which had worshippers from the US and Edo state, testifing to receiving bank alerts.
Balogun via his youtube channel had addressed the stunt, describing the claims as false, heavily criticised Suleman’s ministration.
According to reports, the YouTuber said he received series of threat calls from one Obi-West and a letter from Suleman’s lawyer demanding a public apology before some police operatives stormed Lagos from Abuja to take him away.
“Obi-West 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,” Balogun 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 police invite signed by one Yahaya Abubakar (ACP) had asked Balogun to report at the FCIID on August 11, 2021.
Inibehe Effiong, Balogun’s lawyer, said the vlogger was interrogated for four hours and subsequently detained.
“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,” the lawyer said.
“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.”
Suleman earlier said he observed that Youtubers often abused him to gain traffic to their page and make money.