Apostle Johnson Suleiman’s supporter defeats DSS in court, DSS ordered to pay him damages


A Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta state, has asked the Department of State Services (DSS) to apologize to Mr Tareri Avwomakpa for unlawfully arresting him.

Mr Avwomakpa is the son of the South-South chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), who was illegally arrested by DSS operatives in February 2017.

Justice T.B. Adegoke who gave the ruling on Tuesday, May 9, ruled against the Director-General of the DSS and the Delta state director.

He was arrested and detained over a message in which he called for support for the General Overseer, Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman.

The message which he reportedly sent over social media platform, Whatsapp, called on Christians in the country to support and accompany Suleman to honour the invitation by the DSS at its head office in Abuja.

The man who is a son of Archbishop God-do-well Avwomakpa’s arrest was ruled as unlawful and unconstitutional and he was awarded N250,000 damages against the DSS director-general and the Delta state director of the organisation.

Also, the court ordered the DSS authorities to write a formal letter of apology to him for a breach of his constitutional human rights.


According to Punch, Tareri also confirmed the ruling when contacted on Thursday, May 11 and dedicated the judgment to Nigerians who had been killed and were currently suffering oppression for being Christians across the country.



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