The founder of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has issued a strong warning the Zambian government over attacks on his pastors working in their country.
Officials of the Zambian Immigration service in company of the Zambian police officers stormed the home of a pastor of the Omega Fire Ministries in Lusaka, Austine Obosele, arrested and deported him back to Nigeria on Tuesday, October 31st.
According to authorities in Zambia, Mr Austine Obosele was illegally in Zambia after his employment permit expired.
Austine Obosele has however alleged that he was deported back to Nigeria because he had refused to bride the Zambian government officials. Obosele claimed he had been trying to renew his immigration documentation but that a senior official from the Ministry of Religious National Guidance had vowed to see to it that he was deported after he refused to give him K30, 000 as bribe.
“I got a call from one man from Religious Affairs. This man can call thirty times in one minute, I don’t know how much they gave him. I went to the office to see him at his office, there he accused me of a lot and lots of things. From there he told me that I needed to cooperate with him because my deportation order is already on his table. He said if I don’t cooperate he would have me deported and I should give him K30, 000, to which I questioned whether it was his ministry that deported people,” he said
Reacting to the deportation and alleged attack on Obosele, Apostle Suleiman in a statement accused the Zambian government of always deporting foreigners after they have invested and developed a huge business or companies only for Zambians to take over the investments.
in his words;
“If you fight my pastor, you are fighting me. And if you fight me, wait for the results, there will be problems. There will be reactions. Its not the best thing to do. When you do this, you send signals around the world. I am saying this because I know they are watching me. There are people you touch and things will just spoil.” he said
Verge24 gathered that pregnant wife of the deported pastor are detained for obstructing the arrest and deportation of the pastor.