SaharaReporters has obtained new evidence that Apostle Johnson Suleman, the leader of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, made several monetary deposits into the Nigerian account of Stephanie Otobo, the Canada-based Nigerian musician who was arrested by the police in Lagos in cooperation with the pastor.
While the pastor has continued to deny he has had a relationship with her, the police have charged her and one other person with terrorism and blackmail.
Ms. Otobo was also arrested by the Force Criminal Investigation Department as she made to withdraw funds from her local account during her visit to Nigeria from Canada.
A statement of bank account in the possession of SaharaReporters showed that in the period between June 1st and December 31, 2015, Apostle Suleman made direct deposits totaling at least N2million into Ms. Otobo’s account as their romantic relationship blossomed.
The first deposit of N900,000 was deposited on July 22, 2015, followed by a smaller deposit of N200,000k on September 2, 2016. A week later on September 14, while she was visiting Nigeria, Mr. Suleman deposited N1million into her account.
In November 2015, Apostle Suleman appeared to have changed the manner of depositing funds into the account, turning to using other people. On November 4, one Adewunmi TO made a web-based deposit into the account.
Towards the end of 2015, another person, Gbenga Adegbadebo acting on Apostle Suleman's behalf, made three deposits: N340,000 on November 10; N238,000 on November 24; and N170,000 on December 10. Ms. Otobo also alleges Mr. Adegbadebo, a Nigerian based in Canada was us a conduit through which Suleman send hard currencies to her in Canada as Mr. Adegbadebo runs an unorthodox "money remittance company " between Nigeria and Canada.
Ms. Otobo also said that she did an HIV test in October 2016 in Canada when she got pregnant for Apostle Suleman with the aim of showing that she was HIV-free as she began stooling blood. She supplied the medical record to SaharaReporters.
Apostle Suleman, refusing to acknowledge his relationship with Ms. Otobo, used the police to have her arrested, detained and tortured before she was charged to court for extortion and terrorism.
Recently, she pressured Ms. Otobo’s mother and her siblings to appear in his church to openly "apologize" to him in a manner that humiliated her mother and other family members. He has also continued to use his pulpit to harass Ms. Otobo, and, according to persons knowledgeable about his tactics, also recruited trolls to attack her personality on the Internet.
Several persons knowledgeable about the situation have confirmed to SaharaReporters how Apostle Suleman engages in unbridled womanizing using funds collected from poor church members to pay off his lovers with luxury items and real estate.
Only recently, SaharaReporters traced a Mercedes-Benz car Mr. Suleman purchased for Nollywood actor Daniella Okeke on the website of the Lagos Motor Vehicle licensing commission authority.
Further investigations revealed that Apostle Suleman also bought a house for Ms. Okeke in the Mende neighborhood of Maryland, in Lagos from a fashion designer, David Eweje aka David Wej. Since our exposure of that deal, attempts have commenced to sell the property.
Mr. Suleman has reportedly filed a defamation lawsuit against this website and Ms. Otobo as a way of intimidating others. As one of his prayers, Apostle Suleman is said to be asking a Lagos court to issue an injunction stopping SaharaReporters from further publishing anything on him relating to his adulterous exploits.
SaharaReporters has yet to be notified of the lawsuit, if any. Mr. Suleman had also threatened to sue Festus Keyamo, whose Lagos chambers is representing Ms. Otobo, for N1 billion.