Stephanie Otobo Remains In Police Cell As Magistrate Was Absent In Court Today


The lady at the center of a major sex scandal involving a prominent Nigerian priest, Apostle Johnson Suleman of Omega Fire Ministry Worldwide has spoken out about her relationship with the controversial priest.

Ms. Stephanie Otobo who is based in Canada was arrested by Nigerian police officers acting in concert with Suleman in Lagos while she was inquiring from the local bank the reason her account with the bank was frozen.

While waiting in the banking hall at Anthony Village, Ms. Otobo and her colleague Wisdom Godstime were arrested and rough-handled by police officers led by one DSP Ugwumba. Upon forceful arrest, her phones were taken away and her lawyers and family members prevented from communicating with her.

She went through an ordeal in the hands of the policemen who tried to force her to recant her accusations against Mr. Suleman.  Ms. Otobo was hurriedly charged with terrorism and extorting before a Lagos Chief Magistrate earlier today in Lagos.

Meanwhile, the processing of bail conditions for Stephanie Otobo,  ran into problems again today as Chief Magistrate Kikelomo Bukola Ayeye was not in court to sign some of the required documents. By the time the documents were said to be ready yesterday, she had left for an engagement, leaving Stephanie and Wisdom Godstime, a Canadian resident detained with her, with no option but to remain behind bars..

It was gathered that many of the Magistrates, including Mrs. Ayeye, did not sit today because of a swearing-in ceremony for some new judges by the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. This series of events have kept with Stephanie and Godstime in continuous detention despite their readiness to fulfill their bail conditions.

A senior warden in the female section of the Kirikiri Medium Security Prison told a correspondent of Sahara Reporters that Stephanie was deeply unhappy yesterday when her hopes of getting out were dashed.  Godstime was also said to have been apprehensive when he realized he would stay one more night, having been in police custody since Friday.  The same appears to be their fate today.

Stephanie and Godstime were hauled before Magistrate Ayeye accused of “terrorism” in an attempt by policemen working in concert with Apostle Suleman to secure a prison remand warrant but the judge denied the application, stating there was no substantial evidence to deny the duo their freedom.  Curiously, the Chief Magistrate has been unavailable to sign off on their bail two days after she granted it.

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