Gunmen allegedly killed seven people, including three policemen, in an attack on Apostle Johnson Suleman’s convoy on Friday along the Benin Auchi Road in Edo State.

According to reports, Suleman had just returned from a trip abroad and was traveling through Edo State when gunmen ambushed his convoy near the Auchi region of the state.

The gunmen reportedly opened fire on his convoy during the attack, killing four unidentified people in addition to three of his police orderlies.

Samuel Amune, Suleman’s lawyer, who confirmed the incident, claimed the cleric had recently returned from a program in Tanzania and that he narrowly escaped death.

He said:

“He was returning from a journey and he had almost gotten on the shores of Auchi when some assassins attacked him. Three of his police orderlies, among others died. He travelled before and just finished a programme in Tanzania day before yesterday.

“He was returning to Auchi when the gunmen attacked him along Sabingida down to Warake area, and Auchi shares direct boundary with Warake. So, he had passed Warake and was entering the boundaries of Auchi when the attack happened.”

The attack occurred in broad daylight, according to security expert Dickson Osajie, who criticized the state’s lack of security.