The Press Nigeria had earlier reported that gunmen attacked the convoy of the cleric on Warrake road in the Auchi area of Edo State.
The incident led to the death of Seven people, including three policemen.
According to the source, the gunmen who had been trailing Apostle Suleman from Benin City, opened fire around river Ole.
The source who spoke with Daily Trust said Apostle Suleman refused to travel through the Benin-Auchi road because of the bad situation of the road.
The source noted that the gunmen open fire on the two vehicles behind Apostle Suleman’s ride thinking he was inside one of the back vehicles.
The source said, “He was returning from Benin to Auchi after a programme, he took Ifor road in Ondo State due to the bad condition of the Benin-Auchi road. The gunmen who had been trailing him opened fire on his convoy when they got to river Ole; Apostle Suleman drove the ‘front vehicle himself while two vehicles followed behind; they slowed when they got to a place that had a speed breaker.
“The gunmen who thought he was in one of the back vehicles opened fire on them, and in the process killed police officers, two drivers and a lady. On hearing the gunshots, Apostle Suleiman. accelerated and escaped from the scene.”
The source disclosed that when the gunmen noticed that they have missed their target, they made U-turn and headed towards Benin but the vigilante and security team comprising police and soldiers went after them.
The source said, “When the gunmen discovered that security was after them, they hijacked a bus, killed one of the female passengers and used others as a cover for escape. But one of them has been arrested.”