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Otobo disowns statement, document as Keyamo withdraws from case

More drama has continued to unfold in the Stephanie Otobo saga as the Canada-based musician has disclosed that her lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, has…

More drama has continued to unfold in the Stephanie Otobo saga as the Canada-based musician has disclosed that her lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, has sought to withdraw as counsel in the Otobo vs Apostle Suleman’s sex case. 

Otobo has also deposed to an Affidavit of Disclaimer, stating, interalia, that the statement of defence filed at Ikeja high court, purportedly on her behalf by her lawyer was untrue.

According to Otobo, the statement and photographs exhibited in the court processes did not emanate from her.

She claimed, “I was invited to my lawyer’s chambers to sign a bundle of documents but when I asked what the bundle of documents were meant for, I was deceived and told they were to be sent to the Nigeria Police to release my cell phone seized from me in March 2017 when I was arrested by the Police for blackmail and extortion, following the complaint of Apostle Suleman.”

She said “with my affidavit of disclaimer, my lawyer quickly ran to Ikeja high court where the civil suit filed by Apostle Suleman against me came up for hearing, seeking to withdraw as my counsel.”

 “In the said letter, my lawyer’s chambers surprisingly admitted that they never knew any known address of their client (Stephanie Otobo)  despite haven defended me so profusely.”

Recall that Otobo had alleged that Apostle Johnson Suleman, president and founder of  Auchi, Edo state-based Omega Fire Ministries, was her secret lover who promised her marriage and later breached the promise.

The saga which broke in March last year saw the man of God firing back and suing Otobo and an online medium, one billion Naira each, at the Ikeja high court in Lagos, Nigeria.

On January 27th, Otobo recanted her story that she was involved in a sexual relationship with Apostle Johnson Suleman of Omega Fire Ministries.

The singer in a trending video said she was approached and paid by politicians and some pastors to blackmail Apostle Suleman.

Otobo had, in the video, knelt down before the wife of Apostle Suleman, weeping profusely and pleading for forgiveness.

Festus Afieyedion, head of Festus Keyamo (SAN) Chambers said they have decided not to represent Otobo in any of the pending suits and have communicated same to her.

He explained that based on the ethics of the legal profession, they owe her some confidentiality and so will not disclose reason for withdrawing their representation.

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