Apostle Johnson Suleman used an illegal concoction to abort Stephanie Otobo’s pregnancy in 2015, she has alleged.
In a petition sent to the Commissioner of Police of Lagos State yesterday, Ms. Otobo said she became pregnant for the pastor after they spent three days together in Napoli, Italy where he held a crusade in August of that year, their relationship having begun in Canada two months earlier.
“The relationship was nurtured by Apostle Suleman who inundated me with cash gifts and pleasure trips all over Europe,” she said, including Italy, for which he paid all her expenses.
“While in Napoli, Apostle Suleman would preach and do “miracle” in the day time and take the much-needed rest in my bosom at night. Napoli was our love nest for three (3) good days, and after the crusade Apostle Suleman left Napoli, and I also returned to Canada.”
She said when she discovered she was pregnant, she informed Mr. Suleman, but he was not excited about it and requested that she come to Nigeria.
“I arrived Nigeria on August 25th, 2015 and the clandestine arrangement was made for the two (2) of us to meet and consequently, I met Apostle Suleman at Definite Destiny Hotel, beside Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos State,” she wrote. “It was at the hotel that I was given a concoction to drink by Apostle Suleman who told me that the concoction was for my spiritual fortification. But in less than ten (10) minutes after drinking the concoction, I started vomiting blood and passing out blood. Apostle Suleman then gave me pills to stop the blood though the blood did not stop immediately but the pain subsided, and the pregnancy was gone.”
She said she was devastated at losing the pregnancy, and Apostle Suleman gave her cash gifts in three different currencies in Euro, dollars and naira to console and compensate her.
“I could not come to terms with the facts that the man that claimed to love me and promised to marry me, could procure an abortion for me without my consent which could have led to my death,” she added.
“Unfortunately, Apostle Suleman did not stop at procuring an abortion for me without my consent but also in a desperate bid to keep the amorous relationship between him and I a secret not known to his teeming followers; Apostle Suleman invented various devices to bully and threaten my life.”
She invited the commissioner to institute a thorough and dispassionate investigation into her allegations.
“I plead with you, in the course of your investigation, to confirm the exchange of all our text messages from the networks, forensic analysis of all the nude pictures we both sent to ourselves (and whether they are, indeed, photo-shopped or authentic), our international passports to confirm the dates and times of our travels, investigation concerning the hotels we slept together both in and out of Nigeria and bank accounts to confirm the transfers of funds.”
She requested she be contacted through her lawyers at Festus Keyamo Chambers, pointing out that her phones were seized by some policemen Apostle Suleman used against her.