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Stephanie Otobo shuns Apostle Johnson Suleman’s N1bn libel suit

Canada-based lady, Stephanie Otobo has dared the President/Founder of Omega Fire Ministry, Apostle Johnson Suleman by snubbing the N1bn libel suit filed against her.

The lawsuit was stalled on Thursday due to the absence of the defendant, Stephanie Otobo as well as her lawyer in court.

Apostle Suleman instituted the lawsuit against Otobo, 23 after the latter claimed that she was into a romantic relationship with him.

The cleric is seeking N1bn damages for the alleged defamation of his character by Otobo.

But Otobo was not present before Justice Adedayo Oyebanji of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja, where the matter came up for hearing on Thursday and was also not represented by any lawyer.

Lawyer to Apostle Suleman, E.L. Akpofure (SAN) said despite being served with court papers and hearing notices, Otobo failed to enter an appearance.

Akpofure added that he filed an application on behalf of his client, seeking an interlocutory injunction against Otobo but it was unfortunate that the application could not be taken due to Otobo’s absence.

Akpofure said,

“My Lord, our motion is very ripe for hearing but sadly, the defendant is not in court, neither is she represented. The defendant has refused to enter an appearance in this matter despite the fact that she has been duly served with hearing notices".

“I would have said that My Lord should hear the motion, but I suggest that things be done the right way and another hearing notice be reissued to the defendant".

Justice Oyebanji also noted that though there was proof that Otobo was served with the hearing notice, she did not appear and was not represented.

He, however, said another hearing notice would be issued and served on her.

The case was adjourned until February 7, 2018.

 

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