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New update on Apostle Suleman vs Stephanie Otobo: What happened in court at resumed hearing


The duo of Ms Step​han​ie Otobo and online news platform Sahara​ R​eporters ​on Thursday ​failed to show up at the Ikeja High Court to defend the N1billion libel suit instituted against them by Apostle Suleman Johnson of the Omega Fire Ministries​ (OFM).

Apostle Suleman had dragged the two defendants before Justice Adedayo Oyebanji.

He stated that his reputation was damaged through claims by Ms Otobo that they were involved in a romantic relationship and that Sahara Reporters first published the story.
​His counsel, E.L Akpofure, SAN, told the court that they had a motion for interlocutory injunction which was already ripe for hearing.
“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 re-issued to the defendant,” Akpofure​ ​said.
After listening to Akpofure’s submissions, Justice Oyebanji noted that though the defendant was not represented in court, another hearing notice would be issued.
She thereafter adjourned the suit till February 7, 2018, for hearing on the motion by the claimant asking for interlocutory injunction.
​In May, ​Otobo ​reacted ​to ​Apostle Suleman​’s response​ to her claim that she had become ‘born again’ and withdrawn the $5 million lawsuit she filed against ​him in Canada.
Suleman’s aide, Phrank Shaibu, had in a statement dared ​her to provide answers to ​”​salient questions​”​​ before ​Nigerians could ​believe her “born again story”.
The duo of Ms Step​han​ie Otobo and online news platform Sahara​ R​eporters ​on Thursday ​failed to show up at the Ikeja High Court to defend the N1billion libel suit instituted against them by Apostle Suleman Johnson of the Omega Fire Ministries​ (OFM).
Apostle Suleman had dragged the two defendants before Justice Adedayo Oyebanji.
He stated that his reputation was damaged through claims by Ms Otobo that they were involved in a romantic relationship and that Sahara Reporters first published the story.
​His counsel, E.L Akpofure, SAN, told the court that they had a motion for interlocutory injunction which was already ripe for hearing.
“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 re-issued to the defendant,” Akpofure​ ​said.
After listening to Akpofure’s submissions, Justice Oyebanji noted that though the defendant was not represented in court, another hearing notice would be issued.
She thereafter adjourned the suit till February 7, 2018, for hearing on the motion by the claimant asking for interlocutory injunction.
​In May, ​Otobo ​reacted ​to ​Apostle Suleman​’s response​ to her claim that she had become ‘born again’ and withdrawn the $5 million lawsuit she filed against ​him in Canada.
Suleman’s aide, Phrank Shaibu, had in a statement dared ​her to provide answers to ​”​salient questions​”​​ before ​Nigerians could ​believe her “born again story”.
​It read in part, “After besmirching the reputation of a man that she has never physically met, Stephanie Otobo, who filed a suit for $5 million against Apostle Johnson Suleiman in a Canadian court in abuse of court process now claims she is born again and wants to put the whole saga behind her and forget the matter and withdraw the case?
“Not so fast. Where are the explosive incontrovertible evidence she, Festus Keyamo and their team of jeer leaders promised Nigerians? Where are the travel documents she promised to reveal? Where are the nude pictures she claimed to have?​”.​
​In August, ​Nigeria Police​ ordered ​arrest of one Wisdom Godstime, an ​alleged accomplice of Stephanie Otobo​ in the saga.

5 comments:

  1. That Stephanie is not serious.

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  2. Still on this matter...
    They should just settle out of court Jare.

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  3. Born again my foot!After tarnishing someone's reputation...Issokay

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