Apostle Suleman under probe for allegedly sleeping with pastor’s wife
Police have begun probing allegations of extra-marital affair involving President of Omega Fire Ministries International Apostle Johnson Suleman.
A former subordinate to Suleman Pastor Mike Davids accused Suleman of sleeping with his wife, threatening his life and denying him access to his three children.
Davids’ wife is Pastor Faith Edeko who heads the Utako, Abuja branch of the church.
Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu ordered the probe in a letter addressed to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Intelligence Bureau, Garki, dated January 5, 2021.
The letter, with reference number CB:7000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/Vol.515/561, was signed by the Principal Staff Officer II to the Inspector-General of Police, ACP Iliya Doma.
The letter is sequel to a petition written by V.C Ezenagu & Associates on behalf of the aggrieved Pastor Davids.
In the petition he sent to the IG, Davids said he met Suleman in 2003 while he was in school. He said they became very close and he was eventually ordained a pastor of Omega Fire Ministries on June 9, 2006 by Suleman and served the church for over 15 years before his exit in 2019.
In three videos posted on Instagram on Sunday, the tearful pastor accused Suleman of destroying his marriage.
He said trouble began when he was posted to Osun State in 2010 shortly after the birth of his daughter, Michelle, in November 2009.
The petitioner said Suleman was setting up a gospel television station and then said he would need the assistance of his wife who was an employee of NTA.
He said it was during the visits to Suleman that he eventually slept with his wife but what made it more painful was that the act was done in the presence of their child.
Davids said, “My wife was a staffer with NTA Iruekpen, so Apostle Suleman reached out to her that they will need her to build Celebration TV and Rhema for Living. She would have to shuttle between Osun State and Auchi.
“She came back from Auchi to Osun State and said she wanted to talk to me that her conscience was pricking her. I asked what was it and she said that while in Auchi, Apostle Suleman lodged her at Uyi Grand Hotel and he came there and slept with her.
“And the moment she said that, the first thing that came to my mind was my daughter. I asked where was Michelle when this happened and she said Michelle was on the bed, pushed aside and I asked, ‘You mean you slept with a man with my daughter on the bed?’ I had to let it go because there was nobody I could tell and I couldn’t fight with Apostle Suleman… I forgave her but the amorous relationship continued. One thing I know is that my wife was hypnotised. This is not the woman I got married to, who I knew for 11 years.”
Davids said his relationship with Suleman soon turned sour and he was suspended but after the suspension was lifted, he refused to return and then started receiving threats from Suleman.
He alleged that when he left the church in July 2019, his wife started to fight with him and then his wife left the house with their three children and they relocated to Abuja.
The pastor said though estranged, he and his wife remain married because their marriage has not been dissolved by a competent court.
Also in tears, his wife Edeko in a video described her husband’s allegations as cheap blackmail, adding that it was the petitioner that abandoned the marriage and when her relatives reached out to him, he refused to return home.
She said, “There are recordings which I will upload. You told my brothers that I would crawl in the gutters. I told them not to do anything to you, that you are still the father of my kids. At some point, I contemplated suicide. I had written my suicide note, I had bought sniper because I could not fathom how I would live life in so much pain. I won’t drag you because of my children… you have done too much and it is enough. I am not hypnotised. I am not under a spell.”
Speaking on behalf of Suleman, Resident Pastor, Omega Fire ministry, Headquarters, Joseph Iyare told PUNCH in a text message that the accuser was “frustrated by his own evil deeds”.
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