Wednesday, March 8

Stephanie Otobo granted N100,000 bail, claims she's 23 years

According to new developments in the case between Apostle Suleiman and Canada-based Nigerian singer, Miss Stephanie Otobo, the alleged mistress has released photos of their private video chats after the court denied the prosecution’s wish for her to be denied bail. The court’s decision was premised on the principle that it is a case between two Nigerians and it did not matter if one of the parties was a man of God. The presiding judge, Justice Kikelomo Bukola Ayeye, therefore ruled that there is no substantial evidence to deny Stephanie her fundamental right to freedom, and hence granted her bail on liberal terms. Miss Otobo and her alleged accomplice were therefore granted bail on conditions that she deposit a sum of N100,000, with two sureties in like sum who must be gainfully employed. Attached to the application for remand was a four-count charge of terrorism, blackmail, and extortion, including threatening “an act of terrorism, demanding property with menace with intent to steal and attempt to extort money,” at the Police College in Ikeja, Lagos on February 14. Particularly, the second count holds that Wisdom and Stephanie “with intent to blackmail a man of God, did unlawfully demand the immediate payment of the sum of $1,000,000 (one million US dollars) to (them) by Apostle Suleiman, …else (they will) will call a conference and accuse him out for committing adultery …and having an illicit relationship with her (Stephanie).” Upon regaining her freedom, Stephanie granted the short video interview which we reported in our earlier report yesterday, dispelling other reports of a purported earlier statement where she supposedly cleared the man of God under duress. As details of her video reveal, she stands with her story of being used and dumped by Apostle Suleiman, as well as his alleged used of influence in the police to intimidate her. And to buttress her Keyamo story, she has shared some telling private and intimate video chat photos at diferent times to confirm their relationship. As this case continues to boil over, a lot of questions have been flying everywhere with some believing Apostle Suleiman’s resort to using proxies and lawyers to respond to the damning claims may not help his case in the court of public opinion. As it is, the burden of defending himself against the accusations seems to be more than that of his alleged mistress to prove her story. This is because the case if not properly handle may soon start looking like that of a man with means trying to hush the silence and intimidate a hapless girl who got trapped in a love scheme.

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