Court adjourns Stephanie Otobo’s trial over alleged blackmail

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A Tinubu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos has adjourned till Wednesday, May 3, the trial of Stephanie Otobo, the woman who claimed she had an affair with Apostle Johnson Suleiman.

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The case was due for hearing Wednesday, but Magistrate Kikelomo Bukola-Ayeye, before whom Otobo was re-arraigned on March 20, has been away on a one-week conference.

She resumes today (Friday).

Otobo, 23, is standing trial alongside Wisdom Godstime, 43, on a three-count charge of conspiracy, intent to steal, blackmail and threat to life.

According to the prosecutor, M. A. Animashaun, the defendants and others at large committed the alleged offences last February 14, at about 10:30am at Police College, Ikeja, Lagos.

He alleged that they conspired amongst themselves to steal by demanding for property with menace and attempted to extort money.

Animashaun also said that the defendants, “with intent to blackmail a man of God, unlawfully demanded the immediate payment of $1million to Otobo by Apostle Johnson Suleiman, the president and founder of Omega Fire Ministry Worldwide, else she would call a press conference and accuse him of committing adultery with her and thereafter kill him.”

The court also heard 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 the Animashaun, the offences were punishable under sections 411, 301 and 303 of the Criminal law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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