Sex Scandal: Stephanie Otobo absent in court at Apostle Suleman’s defamation lawsuit

Apostle Suleiman Johnson

The defamation suit filed by a cleric, Johnson Suleman, against Stephanie Otobo has been stalled following the latter’s absence in court. 

Mr. Suleman filed the lawsuit against Ms. Otobo, 23, after she claimed that she was into a romantic relationship with him. 

The cleric is seeking N1 billion damages for the alleged defamation of his character by Ms. Otobo who failed to show up at the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja where the matter came up for hearing on Thursday. 

The Canada-based singer was also not represented by any lawyer. Mr. Suleman’s lawyer, E. L. Akpofure, said despite being served with court papers and hearing notices, Ms. Otobo failed to enter any appearance. 

The counsel said he had already, on behalf of his client, filed an application seeking interlocutory injunction against the defendant. He also said it was unfortunate that the application could not be taken due to her absence.

Mr. Akpofure said, “My Lord, our motion is very ripe for hearing but sadly, the defendant is not in court, neither is she represented. The defendant has refused to enter appearance in this matter despite the fact that she has been duly served with hearing notices.

“I would have said that My Lord should hear the motion, but I suggest that things be done the right way and another hearing notice be reissued to the defendant.”

The presiding judge, Adedayo Oyebanji, noted that though there was proof that Ms. Otobo was served with the hearing notice, she did not appear and was not represented. 

He, however, said another hearing notice would be issued and served on her. He adjourned the matter until February 7, 2018.

Ms. Otobo had also accused Mr. Suleman, through her lawyer, of failing to keep a marriage promise made to her last year. She formally filed a petition asking the police to investigate multiple allegations against the preacher.

In a letter to the Lagos State Police Commissioner in February, 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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  • Tess

    This lady is suspect. She must prove in court all her allegations or should remain forever silent, and go settle with her sponsors.


      Those bank statements Nko? What is the true relationship between these two since Ms Otobo has not accused any other pastor, why this Apostle?

      • Tess

        I believe those are made up bank statements (in other words photo shopped statements). Anyone who’s trained on Adobe photo shop software can make them. If you trade the financial markets, you’ll be familiar with these kinds of statements. They’re shown to deceive you into believing they’re original bank statements to convince you to buy their strategy / system. It takes trained eyes to know those are not original bank statements, and she may have known that. They sent them through smartphone to further convince you they were sent directly from the bank. Have you heard of how some people have been duped based on sending fake bank alerts to phones of those they were to purchase things from and they released the goods only to realize later that there was no money sent? They should have confirmed their balance first. If the statements and the pictures/videos she bandied on the net are authentic, she should appear in court and prove them. That’s all. She made the allegations and she must prove them in court. I still believe her parents on what they said on her until she prove otherwise in court. I don’t chorister in praise or condemnation. She must prove her allegations in court. In the court, all necessary steps would be taken to prove the authenticity otherwise she goes to prison and pays damages. On the Pastor, I believe he’s being blackmailed, and this must be coming from some invisible hands and I don’t know why. However, I know he has been outspoken against a powerful governor who is known for his mischievous character. For me to accept he’s guilty, the court must pronounce it.

        • ACTION MAN in ACTION

          You sound like apostle’s lawyer, median aide or ardent follower. But you’ve goofed sha! This is not a good PR work at all. You goofed! While the apostle is presumed innocent until proven otherwise in court, it is not you who should determined and concluded only byvyour “believing” that the bank statements are “fake or photoshoped” but the bank when called upon to present its position in court. My question on why the apostle was to know if this lady was a member of the church, a choir member or some business or spiritual associate of your apostle because it is not just common to pick onye the street and level such filthy allegations on him. Would that make sense to you?

          • Tess

            I’m not his lawyer and I’m not his follower or even his church member. You already pronounced him guilty without the lady proving it in court. You have also completely overlooked my suspicion towards the end of my write up. For your information, if you pretend not to know, the governor of Kaduna State is believed to be her sponsor, and she’s known to be an unstable and a rip-off character. Her parents have confirmed that. Who else speaks better on your character than your parents?
            This is said to be the result of the verbal altercation between the pastor and the governor who is a mischievous character and has allegedly been seen with her. I have also not completely taken that in as well until everything drop in place. What I don’t agree with is just accepting hook, line and sinker an allegation.The one who alleges must be the one to prove and not the other way round.That’s our law. She proves or is in danger of not just going to prison but skinning her self to pay N1B. Why is she not in court after being served? Why has she kept quiet recently especially when she realized it wasn’t tea party of just damaging someone’s name to become a celebrity?