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Suleman scandal: Police re-arraign Otobo, accomplice

Suleman scandal: Police re-arraign Otobo, accomplice

- The police re-arraigned Stephanie Otobo on Monday

- Otobo became popular she claimed she had an affair with Apostle Suleman

- She was brought before a Tinubu magistrates’ court on on a three-count charge of conspiracy, intent to steal, blackmail and threat to life

Stephanie Otobo, the woman who claimed to have had an affair with Apostle Johnson Suleman was re-arraigned by the police before a Tinubu magistrates’ court, Lagos on Monday, March 20.

Suleman scandal: Police re-arraign Otobo, accomplice

Otobo, 23, was brought before Magistrate Kikelomo Bukola-Ayeye alongside Wisdom Godstime, 43, on a three-count charge

She was brought alongside one Wisdom Godstime, 43, before Magistrate Kikelomo Bukola-Ayeye on a three-count charge of conspiracy, intent to steal, blackmail and threat to life, The Nation reports.

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Addressing the court, the prosecutor, M. A. Animashaun, said the defendants and others at large committed the alleged offence on February 14, 2016 at about 10.30am at Police College, Ikeja, Lagos.

He said the defendants, “with intent to blackmail a man of God, unlawfully demanded the immediate payment of $1million to Otobo by Apostle Johnson Suleiman, the president and founder of Omega Fire Ministry Worldwide, else she would call a press conference and accuse him of committing adultery with her and thereafter kill him.”

The court also heard that the defendants with intent to extort money from Apostle Suleman, accused him of committing adultery with Otobo and also promising to marry her.

The prosecutor said the offences were punishable under sections 411, 301 and 303 of the Criminal law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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They were granted bail in the sum of N100,000 each which they must deposit with the court’s registrar and two sureties in like sum by Magistrate Bukola-Ayeye and the case was adjourned till April 27 for trial.

The police on March 6 failed to obtain a remand order for Otobo and Godstime from the same court, following Magistrate Bukola-Ayeye’s ruling that there was insubstantial evidence to support the charge against them.

Otobo sparked social media frenzy after she called out Suleman, claiming he impregnated her and later dumped her. She demanded a N500 million as damages, claiming she lost the baby.

She later released screenshots of their videocam chats to explain their "intimate relationship".

Apostle Suleman has since denied the allegations, saying he has never met the lady in person and does not even know what she looks like.

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