The president-elect of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, condemned the attackers’ assault on Apostle Johnson Suleman, head of the Omega Fire Ministries.
In a series of tweets on Monday, Obi expressed his condolences for those who lost their lives in the disaster and encouraged the security services to find those guilty.
Three police officers, two drivers, and two others were killed in the attack on Suleman’s convoy in Edo State on Friday, according to The PUNCH.
Obi denounced the assault, saying: “The latest attack on Apostle Suleman, the founder of Omega Fire Ministries, highlights the state of insecurity in our country.
It is saddening to hear of such ugly deeds being reported on a daily basis from various regions of the nation.
Such terrorist, violent, and criminal acts are strongly condemned. The high level of insecurity that has persisted in afflicting our country has stopped the nation’s progress from moving forward.
“I reaffirm that if elected, my top priority in administration would be the fight against insecurity.
“The lives killed in the incident make me sad. One too many lives have been lost due of insecurity. I want God to grant the deceased peace in heaven. God be with the grieving family as well.
“I urge the security agencies to find and prosecute those responsible for such crimes.”
Ayodele Suleiman, the Divisional Police Officer in Auchi, is said to have shot the suspect dead after being turned up to him by youths and members of a vigilance organization in the state during the incident on Friday.
Earlier, the cleric attacked the police for what he claimed was an attempt to cover up evidence that could identify those responsible for the attack in response to a 42-second video clip showing the suspect’s corpse in a car.