Apostle Johnson Suleman: Stephanie Otobo charged with blackmail

*Granted bail, matter adjourned to 27th April

Stephanie Otobo, the 23 year-old lady who claimed that Apostle Johnson Suleiman had a romantic affair with her, was docked on Monday in Lagos.

She was docked at a Tinubu Chief Magistrates’ Court. She was accused of conspiracy, blackmail, threat to life and an intent to steal.

She was charged along with a 43 year-old man identified as Wisdom Godstime.

The prosecutor, M. A. Animashaun, informed the court that the defendants and others at large committed the alleged offence on 14th February, 2017, at about 10:30am, at Police College, Ikeja Lagos.

He said the duo conspired to steal by demanding for property with menace and an attempt to extort money.

Animashaun also said the defendants, with intent to blackmail, unlawfully demanded the payment of $1 million to Otobo by Apostle Suleiman, else she would call a press conference and accuse him of committing adultery with her and having illicit relationship with her and thereafter kill him.

The prosecutor further alleged that the defendants with intent to extort money from Suleiman, accused him of committing adultery with Otobo and also promised to marry her.

According to Animashaun, the offences committed are punishable under sections 411, 301 and 303 of the criminal law of Lagos State 2015.

However the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge against them.

Magistrate Mrs Kikelomo Bukola- Ayeye, in her ruling granted the defendants bail in liberal terms and asked them to deposit the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum, who must be gainfully employed.

On the 6th March, Magistrate Ayeye, had refused a request to remand Stephanie Otobo and Wisdom Godstime, on the grounds that there is no substantial evidence to deny Stephanie her fundamental right to freedom.

She held that the matter was a case between two Nigerians and it does not matter if one of the parties was a man of God. She adjourned the case to 27th April, for the commencement of trial.

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