The duo of Ms Stepahie Otobo and online news platform Saharareporters failed to show up today at the Ikeja High Court to defend the N1billion libel suit instituted against them by Apostle Johnson Suleman.
Apostle Suleman had dragged the two defendant before Justice Adedayo Oyebanji over allegation that his reputation was damaged through claims by Ms Otobo that they were involved in a romantic relationship.
The claim by Ms Otobo was first published in Saharareporters.
At Thursday’s proceedings, Apostle Suleiman who was represented by E.L Akpofure SAN, told the court that they had a motion for interlicutory injunction which was already ripe for hearing.
“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 o enter apperance 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 re-issued to the defendant,” Akpofuresaid.
After listening to Akpofure’s submissions, the presiding Judge, Justice Adedayo Oyebanji noted that though the defendant was not represented in court, another hearing notice would be issued.
She thereafter adjourned the suit till February 7, 2018, for hearing on the motion by the claimant asking for interlicutory injunction.