Why I will not speak on Stephanie Otobo’s allegation now – Apostle Suleman

Apostle Johnson Suleman
Apostle Johnson Suleman

Johnson Suleman, the clergyman accused by a Canada-based Nigerian woman of having amorous relationship with her, on Sunday, declined to speak on the allegation, saying he would only “open up” at the appropriate time.

PREMIUM TIMES met Mr. Suleman, the founder of Omega Fire Ministry, OFM, in his Auchi, Edo State office for about 20 minutes shortly after a church service that lasted about four hours.

Our reporters joined the service midway, where Mr. Suleman spoke about the need for unity in the body of Christ in his sermon.

The cleric, who said he was rushing to the Benin airport to catch a flight to Cyprus and Turkey for religious crusades, pleaded with PREMIUM TIMES to be excused from commenting on the matter because it would be subjudicial to speak on it.

This newspaper had on Saturday interviewed Ms. Otobo’s mother, Bukky, at her Sapele, Delta State base.

The light-complexioned woman had said during the interview that she travelled to Auchi to beg Mr. Suleman because her daughter had been manipulated by lawyers.

She had said, “I did that because of my daughter, (and) because I am a mother. The way I am seeing her is not the way I brought her up. And all those her character is not giving me happiness which I want to put an end to. That is why I went to Auchi.”

Mr. Suleman who was approached by this newspaper to speak on the issue, said he would “only do so at the appropriate time.”

He assured that he would speak to PREMIUM TIMES because of the newspaper’s credibility.

He thereafter offered to take a group photograph with the newspaper’s reporters in his palatial office.

Apart from veiled references to the matter during church services, Mr. Suleman has not publicly reacted to the allegations in the media.

His publicists, Phrank Shaibu, had however issued several statements denying the alleged illicit affair with Ms. Otobo.

Ms. Otobo was recently re-arraigned by the police for alleged blackmail, threat to life, conspiracy, and intent to steal from Mr. Suleman.

She was arraigned alongside her associate, Wisdom Godstime, before Magistrate Kikelomo Bukola-Ayeye of the Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. Ms. Otobo and her co-defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

They were granted bail in the sum of N100,000 each. The case was then adjourned to April 27 for commencement of trial.

This development comes a week after Ms. Otobo formally filed a petition asking the police to investigate multiple allegations against the preacher.

In a letter to the Lagos State Police Commissioner, she accused Mr. Suleman of illegal procurement of abortion, threat to life, and attempted murder.

Ms. Otobo’s petition came days after she told journalists at a press conference that her relationship with Mr. Suleman ended after the preacher began to insist he wanted a sexual activity that involved a threesome.


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  • tundemash

    Randy Apostle is playing upon the fact that Nigerians would soon move onto other scandals and forget this. Its three years now and no one is asking the COZA randy Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo about that his promised “robust response”.

    http://ynaija*com/ese-walter-my-affair-with-pastor-biodun-fatoyinbo-of-coza-read/

    • Otile

      Abubakar tundemash,
      Why do you hate pastors and Christianity with passion? The imams you adore are no better than Christian pastors. As a matter of fact, most imams are deceiving imams.

  • Bidemi Lukman

    Premium times, Kindly update us on CAZA Pastor’s (Biodun Fatoyinbo) sex scandal. We never heard his response since he promised a robust response.

  • emmanuel

    I saw a while ago what Sowore called a facetime Video on Naij with the girls old, broken and wornout phone. Same photo she posted long ago. She looks scruffy and haggards, with some unsavoury make-up on her face Is Sowore not ashamed of himself?
    Let the lady publish verifable account statement where all the monies were paid in for her.
    I also saw the photo of her mums shed in Sapele, which did not refflect that she collected dowry from an in-law to be.
    It is becoming very obvious that the whole thing is a blackmail

    • Blessing4God

      What blackmail?! I mean, is Nigeria this bad?! Are Nigerians now so gullible and blind?! I know that Nigeria is corrupt right before I left but IS IT THIS BAD?! Some do not even fear God anymore! Instead, they prefer to fear their so-called “Man of God” instead of God himself! WHAT A SHAME! Proverbs 19:9 states that, ” A false witness will never go unpunished.” Keep bearing false witness while my God is doing what He will do! MY GOD CANNOT BE MOCKED!!!

      • emmanuel

        I have brains and have followed this isuue from day one When Sahara Reporter birthed it. First tell tale sign: They met in 2016, yet she she was pregnant in 2015, She went with the man to see her parents – Father; i never saw the man before or have seen my daughter in 3 years, meaning about February 2014
        Staphanie releases video of their escapade – it ended up a screen shot photo, My mother collected the dowry alone in the mas office – mother nor be me, i neva see the man before, i bled for over 1 year through my body and anus – she should give details of the Hospital where she was treated.
        Then today, Steohanie releases facetime video of her and heand Suleiman and it ended up the photoshop done on her initial screen shot.
        I talk based on available evidence.
        Festus Keyamo and his Chambers have gone into hiding on the issue and abadoned it for the undertaker Sowore

    • David

      Emmanuel I don’t see any reason for you to judge Stephanie and defend suleman, I just want you to reason this matter with an open mind, don’t judge becos a pastor has been accused sexually. As Stephaine has said from the beginning, Suleman has frozen her account. Stephanie came out of the media and said that Suleman and her went to Napoli they lodged in a hotel during his crusade and also Suleman sent enough money to her bank account. Suleman should provide his Passport and Bank statement for verification, If suleman is innocent why has he not provided his passport and bank statement? and also why did he froze Stephanie bank account? Don’t you also think about that before u try to judge Stephanie. I don’t judge pple becos no one is a saint and no one can ever be like Jesus Christ. If suleman is innocent then he should come out and face the crowd!

  • thusspokez

    The light-complexioned woman

    Where did PT find these journalists?

  • thusspokez

    …saying he would only “open up” at the appropriate time.

    Some of you Nigerian reporters are not up to the job of journalist. He should not be in-charge! The Nigerian media should disclose bit by bit of the affairs every day or every week until he sees the damage it is causing him and force himself to respond to the allegations.

    • Otile

      You are an evil man. You want to bring down a man of God over a senseless sex allegation. Do you think the journalists have any variable evidence to do what you are asking them to do?

  • Karl Imom

    Is Suleman and Sexman the same and one person? The point here is, Suleman or Sexman does not need to talk to Nigerians just as he did not talk to Nigerians during his sex-galore time with the young lady.

  • darlington

    David u are a devil watch ur tong well over dis matter oooooo be careful of wht u say I NO my APOSTLE all this are blackmail we all no where dis matter is coming from we no people behind it… stephenie u could have make proper research well nt dis way ator u are too small for a man to speak against the killing of christian is bad?humm better becareful