By Ige Olugbenga
The real identity of the second lady who claimed to have been in a sexual relationship with Apostle Johnson Suleman, the head Pastor of Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, has been revealed.
According to Premium Times, the lady, who identified herself as Queen Esther, said she began a relationship with Suleman (popularly known as Apostle Suleman) in 2013 before a “catastrophic break-up” a year later.
Esther’s claims came two days after a Canada-based singer, Stephanie Otobo, told journalists of her alleged amorous affair with Suleman.
The preacher denies all the allegations leveled against him.
After Premium Times published Esther’s claims on Sunday, the lady contacted the newspaper to query why it would report that she had no evidence against Suleman.
She requested that a follow-up story be published to reflect that she has evidence of their affair, a request that was turned down.
“I saw all that was written on the internet, although it is a true story, of which it’s the reality of what is going on now in my life,” Esther said on the telephone on Monday.
“If my family were going about bringing out such stories, you should have at least waited before publishing it. Because this is going to attract all kinds of assault to me right now. And going to say that there’s no evidence….it’s just too much.”
“The email sent to you, it wasn’t really me that wrote it, it’s my cousin,” she said.
“I want to ask you for a favor. I’m actually sick, and all that began from the whole story you have heard. It’s my cousin and my uncle that went about doing all that, and it’s just as the whole thing is out that I’m now told. And I want to take it up from here.
I have evidence to support my story
PremiumTimes requested Esther to produce any voice recording or text message from Suleman, but she insisted a story stating that she had evidence be published first.
“You need to do whatever you have to do to make anybody who’s trying to criticize this story to understand that I’m the one involved and I have evidence.
“If they have come out to publish something without my consent, I’m the one who have to defend it all, and at least I can offer and provide evidence that this man actually threatened me. If he doesn’t want to heal me, I don’t know what wrong I did to him.
“He has to be able to tell the whole world why he said I would die. What I did in 2014 other than saying I don’t want to continue in this relationship and that I want to leave the church. I don’t think that’s a crime.”
“The evidence is in the text message. Johnson Suleman is too smart to call me on the phone to say all those things because he knows his voice can be recorded. But since the evidence he wrote it in a text message and sent to me, times without number, I can only quote from the text message, sent directly from his number.”
Two hours after Premium Times request for a text message evidence, Esther called back to say, “The text messages are on my old phone, and we have taken it to a repairer,” a contradiction of her earlier e-mail claim that the messages disappeared mysteriously.
“We are going to court on the matter, and we’ll provide our evidence in court,” she said.
Kaduna State govt’s support
On Sunday, Esther had turned down Premium Times request to produce her photograph – or her real identity – saying she wanted to first get the support of the Kaduna State government, to protect her from possible attacks from Suleman.
When Premium Times confronted Esther with its findings so far, she threatened to sue the website if those details and her photographs were made public. She also swore never to talk to Premium Times again.
But she later sent a text message, saying, “I am a very busy lady. I have my image to protect as a servant of God. I can’t be embroiled in Johnson’s mess. He was wicked to me. I left the battle for Yahweh since then.”
In an e-mail sent by her uncle, he said the lady’s ailing condition is the reason she was not making public appearances.
“My niece didn’t receive any dime on her sick bed to come and blackmail apostle, but since her pleas to apostle’s father to talk his son into releasing her from his bondage, the press and the public has become her last resort,” he said, using the same e-mail address.
“Very soon we shall invite all the Christian religious bodies into this matter. This is a reality, but apostle Suleman has proven arrogant and stubborn over the issue of restoring my niece.”