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Monday, 13 March 2017

Still on Apostle Suleman/Otobo issue By Richard Akinola

This is an article written by Richard Akinola, Executive Director of Media Rights Agenda (MRA), renowned journalist and legal practitioner, on his take on the ongoing issue between Apostle Suleman and Stephanie Otobo. Please read on...
"I have followed issues raised in the press conference of Stephanie Otobo, the alleged mistress of Apostle Suleiman and a number of reactions to it but my position on the issue has not changed".

1. The fact that the lady changed her initial claim that there was a marriage introduction between her and Suleiman in her family home, after her father denied such, makes all her other claims suspect. Following her father's denial that no such introduction took place and that Suleiman had never been to his house, she now said the so-called introduction was done in the Apostle's office. That is highly preposterous. How can you have a marriage introduction in the suitor's office?
2. On her call for their passports to be checked to confirm that they travelled to Italy together:
When a stalker is desperate, he/she can go to any length to get his/her victim's attention. If you know the itinerary of your target, particularly a preacher whose international meetings are made public, a desperate stalker can go there in attempt to see the person.

Some years ago, pastor Adeboye told a story of a lady stalker, who consistently came to him to tell him that she was his ordained wife. Adeboye said he always rebuffed the lady, telling her that how can that be true when he was married. He said the lady continued to stalk him. Then, one day, he said he travelled abroad unannounced for an engagement. A day after he arrived, Adeboye said someone knocked his hotel room door and as he opened it, behold it was this same lady. Aghast, Adeboye said he didn't know how she knew he was travelling, the place he was going and his hotel. He then realised that she was not an ordinary person but an agent of the devil and out of righteous anger, he warned the lady that the next time he set his eyes on her, she would die. And that was the end of the lady's stalking.
3. If Suleiman has anything to hide the supposed amorous relationship, he would have "settled" her and not involve the police. l doubt if he would involve the police when the lady was making unreasonable financial demand, which necessitated the police to coordinate the payment of the money before she was arrested.
4. On the issue of the lady asking for call logs, here is a man, a public figure who deals with thousands of people on regular basis and counsels and gives financial assistance to many people. So, do you know how many people he would have contact with? Besides,we are in a society where, with technology, text messages are sent with peoples numbers without the person being aware of it. To me, since the matter has been charged to court, these are issues that would come up during trial, particularly during cross-examination and where the demeanor of the defendant and the complainant in the witness box would be taken into account by the magistrate and not this showmanship of media trial where the lady was describing the supposed size of Suleiman's manhood and the style he likes. To me, this smacks of premeditated, malevolent media trial meant to undress the man publicly.
5. Could it be that this is just a coincidence that this scandal is coming just few weeks after Suleiman's encounter with the security over the Fulani herdsmen, and a supposed relationship that purportedly happened in 2015? Why coming out now?
6. I have lived long to know that things of this nature are not always the way they are. Or were we not here some years ago when we were regaled with the confessions of Fryo following the murder of Bola Ige, after which the guy recanted? 
7. In the mid 80s, we witnessed how Justice Donald Ikomi was set up in the then Bendel state. He was a very strict no-nonsense judge as the Chairman of Bendel State Armed Robbery Tribunal, who was a thorn in the flesh of robbers. He also didn't have a good relationship with the police. He was therefore set-up. The policeman guarding his house, Corporal Uanle was murdered in the judge's house, his tongue and private part, cut off. The judge was arrested, witnesses lined up against and was charged with murder. Before the trial started, he had been retired. I covered the case. At the end of the day, the judge was discharged and acquitted for want of evidence, but not after he had been humiliated and shown the way out of the Bench by his traducers.
I am not in any way trying to defend Suleiman but my instinct tells me there is more to this that meets the eye. I am not carried away by all the salacious details of Otobo. I would rather wait for her trial in court where all the facts would be laid bare, after rigorous cross examination and evidences. I know that Suleiman has only made tentative statements on this issue, perhaps not wanting his proposed evidence in court to be ambushed. That is my reading.
And l know that Suleiman had been tried and convicted in the media but l am giving him a benefit of doubt. You don't have to agree with me but things are
not always the way they seem because there are three sides to the case- his side, her side and the truth. Waiting for the case to commence in court. 


60 comments:

Ike Louisa said...

Nawaa. Am still doubting the whole thing.

Julit said...

Oga use bench abeg.

ogbonna nwabueze said...

Thank you brother, the truth shall come out soon

ogbonna nwabueze said...

Thank you brother, the truth shall come out soon

Anonymous said...

We are waiting to have the truth revealed.

Yusuf Ayobami said...

Well spoken.....that otobo was sent from the pit of hell.... God is in charge of this battle...let's see who will win....

RareSpecie Z said...

We don 'ear'

Anonymous said...

This is nonsense. Men in Nigeria have gotten away with so much. If a woman is raped, she gets blamed, if her husband cheats, she gets blamed, if she gets beaten, she gets blamed. When will all this end?

Dammy W said...

U have spoken well, I love ur write up facts and evidence, let wait and see, if that goes d way u predicted that girl most be a total evil and a disgrace to her generation

Jujubeez said...

How much did they pay this woman?

Valentine Ginikachi said...

This is exactly how i feel about this matter, at last i have seen people that are looking at this issue from my direction

Anonymous said...

this guy is funny. if the pastor didn't agree he sent money to the girl you would have said its possible somebody sent the money from his account without his knowledge. so we should go by your logic, it means no evidence should ever be relied on, the police should free all criminals in custody that they didn't apprehend red handed.

When it involves a rich person you see people like this coming out with technicalities to discredit any upcoming evidence. what about his bank statements showing how money was transferred to her? what about evidence from telecommunication companies to show that video calls actually took place? what about cctv footage from these hotels they allegedly visited? if you are claiming all these will be manipulated then no need for police to investigate any Nigerian for any crime since they can't be rely upon.

No need for lagos to install cctv if we can't rely on them. you where busy looking for her mistake, not the validity of her claim. what about the pastor that said he only sent her money twice and it turns out it was twice in every week. the girl has spoken, allow the police investigate it. stop discrediting evidence that are yet to be produced.

Anonymous said...

U are on point sir.

Anonymous said...

I just wish to Nigerian can tink like u bt we are too dump & dat why will end up wit & a 74 years old sick & clueless president bcos I believe too much on lies.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Richard am also in support with you. i see many people jubilating about the devilish situation as if they are using the excuses to remain in sin .satan has used this story to encourage some carnal women and men that they can even swim and die in sin since they are jubilating that even a man of God can fall so who are they that they should not die in sin. that is what i see why the jubilation is so high amongst the carnal people, i tell you that even if satan himself is called to judgement on the last day, this generation will still accord him attention saying that there is an atom of truth in his words and there is no smoke without fire even as they have read before in the bible that the devil is the father of all lies. i will stand with God against satan any day no matter the situation, and i will not rejoice in evil as it is not an excuse to remain in sin.

Anonymous said...

U are very funny,maybe you have been paid by the sulaimon.there is no smoke without fire,and the Man of God should face the consequences of his actions.let me raise two issues what of the car daniella okeke is using registed to the Man of God and the issue of the snapchat.Men of God like Adeboye oyedepo kumuyi etc have not have scandals like this because they have been careful so apostle sulaimon should have been very careful in the handling of a prostitute according to him

Anonymous said...

Mthewww! Look at this mumu. Na only Otobo the man dey knack? Abeg slide with your foolishness...

Anonymous said...

Thank you Richard am also in support with you. i see many people jubilating about the devilish situation as if they are using the excuses to remain in sin .satan has used this story to encourage some carnal women and men that they can even swim and die in sin since they are jubilating that even a man of God can fall so who are they that they should not die in sin. that is what i see why the jubilation is so high amongst the carnal people, i tell you that even if satan himself is called to judgement on the last day, this generation will still accord him attention saying that there is an atom of truth in his words and there is no smoke without fire even as they have read before in the bible that the devil is the father of all lies. i will stand with God against satan any day no matter the situation, and i will not rejoice in evil as it is not an excuse to remain in sin.

Ovi Banks said...

Well I heard they checked dat actress's new car and it was registered wit his name...

HEMMY said...

Only God can save us in this country

Anonymous said...

NICE THOUGHT!

Anonymous said...

My guy, did suleman's bank give you his statement. You write as if it was handed to you. Her own father has already denied her claim. I have seen bank statements submitted to embassies that never came from the banks. So let's wait for the court and the police to do their job. Thank you

Samuel Orisakwe said...

God's blessings to u for this, than Man writing that rubbish must be a member of all these criminal Pastors in Nigerian here, he is Talking about a Nigerian Judge that was tried by a Nigerian Judge like him n he is talking about Media trial but he just tried de Girl now.

Ehinome Imanatue said...

Nigerians are so gullible

Okey said...

The writer made valuable points based on his observations from Ms Stephanie Otobo's contradictory statements and also based on past experience.Do not be biased and do not allow your sense of judgement be clouded by your imaginations.

Fidel Ferarri said...

This guy just nailed it wit points.. I reason wit u too

Peter James said...

Exactly. The media is now the new court. They tried and convict their target. But Nigerians, especially Moslems.

Anonymous said...

The fact that Stephanie gave a press conference doesnt mean she is saying the truth.Lets keep our fingers cross and see what happens in court.

Festus Samuel said...

My point exactly. Thank you Sir for this. Let's all wait for the trial.

Maureen Ifeanyi said...

Who among you have no sin let him be the first to cast stone . If his wife forgave him and Jesus forgave him before he sinned . Who are we to Judge . Samson was anointed, David was anointed, Even Moses was anointed and his siblings used his failed marriage to mock him and God cursed them . Brother leave Apostle Suleman alone .
I feel like crying , please if you have slept with anyone other than your wife don't comment on this because you are not more righteous than Apostle . This is a man that Loves God And he is anoited .

donduke said...

In as much as I pray that everything turns out to be a lie, I stand for justice, because if it turns out to be true then many destinies would hv been destroyed.

Solomon Ani said...

that you read a story online does not mean that you must comment pls.. if you dont know what to say keep shut than inviting Gods wrath... #thechurchismarchingon

Emy said...

Prov. 4:7 - Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.

This Man, Richard Akinola has got it.

Omobola Adekitan said...

So very well said no bias or sentiment,no taking side also,let the court so rule.

Anonymous said...

You are on point..how can he discredit all d evidence....then d case should not be investigated

D'Artagnan said...

Val, you feel the same most probably because you too are an adulterer or a cheat.

Did Suleiman not admit sending huge sums of money to ms Otobo? Does he not have widows and orphans in his church? Do you really believe that he sent her moneys with no string attached or you just choose to play dumb??

Did you also not read that he bought a car(s) for Daniella Okeke? Did you also did not see the evidence that the car documents was in his name???

Mr Richard Akinola is either an educated fool or just playing dumb.

Nigerians have common sense and we refuse to play dumb. Suleiman had an affair with Ms Otobo period. Wait and see how the court case plays out that is if Suleiman doesn't settle out of court.

D'Artagnan said...

Anon don't mind the educated fool.

Anonymous said...

Best comment

Sleek said...

Shut up that your stinking mouth and brain,someone has come up with reason what have you been able to come up with aside from tearing down what someone else has noticed!Why is it that, now out of nowhere Suleman is being scandalized,how cliche of them!These lies from the pit of hell will not prevail.

Trueman said...

I agree with the writer, let's stop this media trial and wait for the case to commence in court. I believe that rigorous cross examination will go a long way to reveal the truth. Besides, no man can deceive God whether the Apostle or Ms Otobo. The truth will eventually come out.

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Anonymous said...

I am disappointed that you a so-called legal practitioner can write such. In the 1st case are you allowed to comment on a case that's in court.

Let both sides bring evidence to show their guilt or innocence. I think he's followers need concrete evidence.

Anonymous said...

Lies Mr Lawyer. Keep trying to stunt with public relations. This Sulé is a lying, cheating son of a bitch.

Public opinion might say otherwise, but this small dicked maggot is a going to keep being exposed, until he confesses.

You're trying to take control of the story, silence the victim and protect him. Just because he has money, it doesn't mean he's above the law.

Your attempts at optics are weak, we're not all daft and dull.

Anonymous said...

THE POWER OF THE EVIL ONES, BUT DEFINITELY NOT GREATER THAN GOD's POWER.

My take to dis as regards to the"Otobo girls bra less breasts pic". 1. If you're someone good with Skype calls, u'll know that anybody can screen munch while still on the call.
2. Those pics were taken in a day, seeing she wore just a pink top, from the car to the house. Is possible this girl after so much tries, eventually gets d "man" and him being in a relaxation mood, takes the call.. possibly again, the girl started with some decent and friendly convo and partcially holy making the man ok with dis conversation. In between dis, the evil girl knew what she made d call for, quickly raises her top and screen munches the bra less breast!.. she's got what she wanted and d other party wouldn't know she took a munch..

I don't know Apostle Suleiman neither am I his church member, I just like using my common sense!
REMEMBER THE POWER OF THE EVIL ONE's

Vivian Reginalds said...

hmm
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Omale Ali said...

Waooooooo....... we really wise and smart guys in dis country....
#I STAND WITH APOSTLE SULEIMAN#

Solomon Ani said...

linda post my comment ooo...first timer...#istandwithapostle..#thechurchismarchingon

Anonymous said...

This is what I feel about this issue. Suleiman is no more giving this girl attention and money and she's jealous that Suleiman's new galfriend lol is taking her position which is okeke d actress.

Anonymous said...

For as lady to be so shameless,I think she is demonic,its all blackmail.I agree with you too

Anonymous said...

She should also show us where dey were making out or after dey made out to be sure of her claims!. Stupid Marine agent!.. she's not even smart 😂

Anonymous said...

Goat you have concluded in your carnal mind why would he register the car in his name since he bought it for danilela? If you think you will use this to escape judgement if you remaim in sin. You are a big joker canreal minded fellow

ngfineface said...

All these noise they are making is very easy to solve. They should get their call logs and listen to their calls to know what went on and off. Only that one will solve the whole issue

Anonymous said...

Ovia don't be a dummy why would he buy the car for danilela and register it with his name. You are the type that will support luckier

Anonymous said...

You are a goat fondue what justice are u talking about. That he beat her or cheated her. In what way does she need justice? Please stop talking like a fool

Anonymous said...

You are a goat dondue what justice are u talking about. That he beat her or cheated her. In what way does she need justice? Please stop talking like a fool

Dee said...

So how do u know that d otobo lady is innocent?? All of criticising blindly should kkindly go n hit ur big heads on d wall

Anonymous said...

Why wouldn't he register it in his name. Perhaps he didn't know a day like this would come

Esther Achemu said...

In these recession make money by all means so otobo is 500million richer as we speak God don butter that babe bread,,I hate black mail.otoba why?

Anonymous said...

We are in a country where u don't have right to call a spade a spade because once u do, things like this happens. I believe u brother and I believe God will make a name for himself.

Esther Achemu said...

In these recession make money by all means so otobo is 500million richer as we speak God don butter that babe bread,,I hate black mail.otoba why?

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