In the lawsuit dated April 19 2017, with case file number CV-17-573595, signed by the Registrar of the Ontario Superior Court and addressed to Mr. Suleiman’s Ontario residence, Ms. Otobo is claiming five million Canadian dollars for damages resulting from alleged breach of trust, breach of fiduciary relations, breach of contract, negligence, defamation, poisoning, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional stress.
Other allegations include forcible confinement, multiple instances of battery, false imprisonment, fraud, assaults, sexual assaults, sexual harassments, harassments and malicious prosecution.
The suit also revealed Otobo’s status at the time as a refugee in Suleiman’s care, after which Otobo had been invited by Suleiman to Italy and other European countries in continuation of the grooming, whereupon an amorous relationship had developed between both parties, resulting from psychological programming sessions during the grooming periods.
Furthermore, it discloses that Suleiman had invited Otobo to his church in Nigeria in the summer of 2015, when she was in search of spiritual guidance, whereupon they had a sexual relationship that resulted in pregnancy by August 2015.
Stephanie Otobo who claims she is an ex-mistress of the cleric, insists that he allegedly gave her something to drink that terminated her pregnancy and made her bleed for about a year. She added that Suleiman met with her family bearing gifts, and informing them of his intention to marry her, a claim her mother has refuted.
According to the plaintiff who is a Canada-based Nigerian singer, she had relied on Suleiman’s undertaking which led her, upon further prompting to forfeit her lucrative career and property in Canada to settle down in Nigeria with her would-be husband.
In the suit, Stephanie Otobo also seeks an order restraining Mr. Suleiman from contacting and communicating directly or indirectly, with her while in Canada, and restraining the controversial cleric to a distance of at least 500 metres from the plaintiff.
According to Canadian laws, Mr. Suleiman has 40 days to serve and file his statement of defence. In the event of his failure to appear before the Ontario Superior Court, however, judgment may still be given against him without further notice given to him. Read the full document here.
A few weeks back, Ms. Otobo granted an interview to Canada-based Worship Media where she released her statement of account detailing alleged transfers from Mr. Suleiman.
In the video, Ms. Otobo alleged that Mr. Suleiman transferred N900, 000, N200, 000, and N1 million to her account on three different occasions.
Stephanie Otobo and her friend, Wisdom Godstime, were arrested in Lagos in March after she came to seek redress for her ordeal. They were arraigned before Magistrate Kikelomo Bukola-Ayeye of the Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
After Ms. Otobo and her co-defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges, they were later released and slammed with blackmail charges, threat to life, conspiracy, and intent to steal from Mr. Suleiman. They were granted bail in the sum of N100,000 each, while the case was adjourned to April 27 for the commencement of trial.