Alleged ‘Inciting Prophecies’: UK-based Nigerian Pastor Regains Freedom From DSS

  • Twin brother confirms initial arrest at Lagos airport

The Founder of RIG Nation and Pioneer Church, United Kingdom, Pastor Tomi Arayomi, and his wife, Tema, have regained their freedom from the Department of State Services (DSS).

The couple was initially whisked away by DSS operatives from the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos on Friday.

Arayomi’s twin brother, Tobi Arayomi, who confirmed the development via his Instagram page, @tobiarayomi, on Friday, said the Clergy was apprehended by DSS operatives for alleged politics-related prophecies he made.

Posting their photos on Instagram, Tobi disclosed that his brother and wife were released on Friday evening, saying; “@tomiarayomi and @tahmar.india are out. Thank you all for your prayers”.

Earlier in his post, Tobi had said; “Hello everybody, I need your help. I just received news that my brother has been detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) in Nigeria. He has been arrested for political reasons, my brother and his wife, Tema.

“He just arrived in Lagos and they detained him at the airport. He is politically targeted because some of his prophetic words have troubled the government in Nigeria.”

According to information gathered from his official Facebook page, Pastor Tomi was scheduled to hold a programme at the Church branch in Abuja on Friday, 7th April 2023.

As of press time, the reason behind the development still remained unclear, but DSS insiders hinted that Arayomi’s encounter with the nation’s secret Police may be related to his “prophecies that are deemed to be inciting.”

“He was invited for questioning. He has been on our watchlist for some time now over his speeches; his prophetic speechless about the elections.

“It was only a routine invitation for questioning over some comments he made not long ago”, one of the sources volunteered.

In the bill up to the 2023 presidential election on February 25, Pastor Arayomi was quoted as urging Nigerians to “vote for an outsider,” hinting that the 2023 electoral process would first produce Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as president-elect before things would change thereafter.

The DSS is yet to issue an official statement on its engagement with the UK-based preacher even as its spokesperson, Dr Peter Afunnaya, referred reporters to contact the Pastor for any information.

“What did the Pastor tell you? Have you called the Pastor and he told you he was abducted or arrested?”, one newspaper report quoted Afunnaya as saying in replying to a reporter’s enquiries.

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