Suleiman and Sowore
Omoyele Sowore, on Monday rejected the offer of assistance by the Pastor of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, who had earlier on the same day elected to stand surety for the activist, who has been in confinement since August 2, when he was arrested by men of the Department of State Services in Lagos.
Suleiman, made the offer, despite his face-off with the publisher of SaharaReporters online newspaper, who had used the platform to assail him during his sex scandal involving the cleric and German-based Nigerian lady, Stephanie Otobo.
Suleiman, had posted his Twitter handle on Monday, saying: “Am really worried that nobody is ready to stand surety for @YeleSowore
..yes he has hurt alot of people,me inclusive. But do we focus on that and let his rot where he is wvwn if he caused it in a situation like this what will christ do?.am ‘considering’ standing bail for him..”
However, Sowore’s legal team, is saying that the issue of bail by the cleric did not arise as a he was not eligible, not being a residence of Abuja, one of the conditions Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja gave on the bail issue.
Inibehe Effiong, one of the lawyers representing the activist, reporters, based on this, Suleiman’s offer could neither be considered nor accepted, adding that aside that both Suleman and Sowore had once had a public altercation, thus there is conflict of interest.
“So, we are turning it down and we are not even considering it. The way the Federal Government politicised the matter, made it difficult for the bail conditions to be met. But we are in the process of perfecting the bail.”