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Apostle Suleiman warns Zambian government after forceful deportation of one of his pastors

Apostle Suleiman issues warning to Zambian government after the forceful deportation of one of his pastors

Apostle John Suleman, the founder of Omega Fire Ministries has warned
the Zambian government against ‘attacking’ his pastors that work in
their country.
 Pandemonium broke out on Tuesday, October 31st,  as men
of the Zambian police and officials of the Zambian Immigration service,
stormed the home of the pastor of Omega Fire Ministries in Lusaka,
Austine Obosele, a Nigerian, to deport him back to Nigeria. They accused
him of staying in their country despite the expiration of his
employment permit.

Obosele who has reportedly been deported back to Nigeria, accused
some of the Zambian government officials of attacking him because he
refused to give them a bribe. Obosele told Zambian press that 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. Obosele alleged that some expelled members of the church had also
teamed up with the government officials so that they could take over
the church, money in the church account and properties after his
deportation. He said that some suspended members of the church had
reported falsehoods about him to the Ministry of Religious Affairs and
National Guidance, which they investigated but did not find any fault.

Apostle Suleiman issues warning to Zambian government after the forceful deportation of one of his pastors

“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

Pastor Obosele said that when his documents were up for renewal, he
submitted to the Immigration but that he had found it difficult as was
promised to get his papers cleared.

Reacting to the attack on Obosele, the founder of the church, Apostle
Suleiman in a statement released yesterday, accused the
Zambian government of always allowing foreigners to start big
investments in the country, grow the investment and later deport them so
that Zambians can take over the investments. He added that Nigerians
were the biggest investors in Zambia. He warned that when small little
known countries like Zambia continue doing such to foreign investors, no
investment will come into the country. According to him, his church in
Zambia has grown so much that it is attracting attention and now the
state wants to fight it.

“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

The pregnant wife of the pastor and one of his senor church members
have been detained for obstructing the arrest and deportation of the
pastor.

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