Stephanie Otobo Files $5m Lawsuit Against Apostle Suleman in Canada (Details)

Suleman & Stephanie
Latest report from Ontario, Canada indicates that the controversial
preacher, Apostle Johnson Suleman is far from getting any reprieve from
his publicized affair with Canada-based Nigerian songstress, Stephanie
Otobo, according to SaharaReporters.
A letter dated April 19 2017 with case file number CV-17-573595,
signed by Registrar of the Ontario Superior Court and addressed to
Apostle Suleman’s Ontario residence, posited that Otobo has filed a
lawsuit, claiming Canadian $5milion for damages resulting from breach of
trust, breach of fudiciary relations, breach of contract, negligence,
defamation, poisoning, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional
stress, forcible confinement, multiple instances of battery, false
imprisonment, fraud, assaults, sexual assaults, sexual harassments,
harassments and malicious prosecution.
The suit, also seeks an order restraining Suleman from contacting
and communication, directly or indirectly, with Otobo while in Canada,
and restraining the Apostle Suleman from being at a distance of at least
500 meters from the plaintiff.
The court summon revealed facts that include that Suleman had first
been introduced to Otobo around June of 2015 in Canada as one in need
of spiritual guidance, averring that Suleman had afterwards groomed and
mentored Otobo under his care.
It also revealed Otobo’s status at the time as a refugee in
Suleman’s care, after which Otobo had been invited by Suleman to Italy
and other European countries in continuation of the grooming, whereupon
an amorous relationship had developed between both parties, resulting
from psychological programming sessions during the grooming periods.
It further revealed that Suleman had invited Otobo to his church in
Nigeria in the summer of 2015, whereupon they had sexual relationship
that resulted in pregnancy by August 2015.
Suleman, according to facts revealed, thereafter met with the
family of Otobo who include the mother, sister and other relations,
bearing gifts, and informing the family of his undertaking to marry
Otobo had relied on Suleman’s undertaking which led her, upon
further prompting from Suleman, to forfeit her lucrative career and
property in Canada to settle down in Nigeria with her would-be husband.
Soon after, in late August 2015, Otobo arrived in Nigeria to meet
Suleman at the Definite Destiny Hotel in Lagos where things took a
dramatic turn when Stephanie was given a concoction which Apostle
Suleman called “spiritual drink” but which turned was aimed at
terminating her pregnancy.
Otobo, who suffered bleeding after taking the concoction, managed
to regain consciousness after she was given pain-killing pills by
Suleman. She subsequently retuned to Canada to receive further
treatment, even as she was then stalked by followers of Suleman who were
also his church’s congregants in Canada.
She eventually returned to Nigeria early this year to seek redress
for her ordeal, but was arrested on March 17, 2017, in company of a male
friend in Lagos and then arraigned on charges slammed on her by
Nigerian police officers working under the direction of Suleman, the
charges alarmingly include “terrorism.” She was then detained in
different centers by the Nigerian police before being granted bail, even
as the matter remains pending in court.
Suleman subsequently engaged a sturdy propaganda machinery to stave
off the potent threat of Otobo revelations on his person and the Omega
Fire Ministries’ image in the public. Some of the tools he exploited
were to portray Otobo as unworthy to be associated with, despite Otobo’s
revelation of bank transactions between both of them, as well as
goading Stephanie’s mother and sister to make public apology during a
service at his church on Stephanie’s behalf in a demeaning manner.
According to Canada laws, Suleman has within 40 (forty days) to
serve and file his statement of defense. In the event of his failure to
appear before the Ontario Superior Court, however, judgment may still be
given against him without further notice given to him.

Tireni Adebayo

Tireni Adebayo is the Editor of Kemi Filani News. She has BSC in Mass Communication from the Redeemer's University and M.A in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos (2014 - 2015) where she majored in Public Relations and Advertising and Digital Media.  When she is not writing, she is either listening to music or reading her favorite books. Tel: +2348000000901 Address: Herbert Macaulay, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria Email: [email protected]


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