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Legal Action Against The Global Senior Pastor Of Coza May Take Shape In The Coming Week

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Adelani Temiloluwa
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Despite his denial of rape allegations against him, the groundswell of possible legal action against the global senior pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly ( #COZA) may take shape in the coming week.

Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo was accused by Busola Dakolo, a celebrity photographer and wife of Nigerian singer Timi Dakolo, of raping her twice within a week in 2000.

Busola said she was a 16-year-old teenager when Fatoyinbo allegedly raped her, first at her parents’ house and later at a secluded spot in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

Fatoyinbo said Busola was a member of the church at the time she said the rape happened, but he insisted he never raped her or anyone else.

“I have never in my life raped anybody even as an unbeliever and I am absolutely innocent of this,” said Fatoyinbo in an unsigned statement posted to his Instagram account on Friday evening.

But the details shared by Busola in the four-part videos published by YNaija on Friday morning have earned support from Nigerians, including politicians, celebrities and civil society organisations, one of which The Guardian learned is filing a class action against Fatoyinbo in the coming week.

“We have more than 30 people who are ready to testify against him,” said Segun Awosanya, who is working with Citizen Gavel, a civic tech organisation, on the case.

“Busola’s case is just one out of the plethora of abuses that we have heard.”

When asked if Fatoyinbo could be sued for statutory rape since Busola said he raped her when she was below the age of 18, Awosanya said it is possible.

Awosanya, however, warned against the case against Fatoyinbo being misconstrued as a fight against the church.

“We are ending rape culture and we are starting in the culture.”

Support for Busola
In a country with an abysmal conviction rate of persons accused of rape, the support Busola has gotten since the interview was published on Friday morning has been immense.

“We all, as women, must rise up and demand justice,” tweeted Abike Dabiri, the chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and senior special adviser to Nigerian president on foreign affairs and the diaspora.

“Busola, you’ve got my back!”

She is also being praised for her bravery by speaking out about her trauma despite having so much to lose, especially in a country that encourages silence in such circumstances.

In his response to the allegations, Fatoyinbo said Busola’s allegations were “fallacious,” “non-existent” and threatened to sue her and her husband.

That threat is being already countered by Busola’s husband Timi Dakolo and Nigerians who promised to establish legal funds for her.

“I have seen Biodun Fatoyinbo’s statement. I look forward to him carrying out his threat to sue Busola Dakolo,” tweeted Dr Joe Abah, a former director-general of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms and current country director of DAI.

“As Mrs Dakolo doesn’t have a church that can fund her defence, I have set aside a little money to contribute to her defence. Please do so too.”

Dr Abah’s tweet elicited a flurry of promises of financial support for Busola legal defence.

What lies ahead
In the days ahead, the legal battles, and their fallouts the allegations against Fatoyinbo will birth may define how Nigeria treats rape allegations, especially those involving high-ranking individuals.



Source: https://guardian.ng/news/class-action-against-biodun-fatoyinbo-may-start-next-week/

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Adelani Temiloluwa
School Of Nursing Ondo
Nursing Student
300Level, Nigeria.

Pastor Fatoyinbo denies Busola Dakolo’s rape allegations

The senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly ( #COZA) Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo has denied raping Busola Dakolo or any other persons who claimed that he raped them.

“I have never in my life raped anybody even as an unbeliever and I am absolutely innocent of this,” Fatoyinbo said in a statement posted to his Instagram page on Friday.

Mrs Dakolo, who is the wife of a popular Nigerian singer, Timi Dakolo, alleged that Fatoyinbo raped her twice in an interview YNaija.

The interview was published on YouTube on Friday. She said the two incidences happened in the same week.


Mrs Dakolo alleged that the pastor raped her for the first time at her parent’s home and at another time in a secluded road path. She said the incidents occurred before she turned 18 and added that she lost her virginity to him.

“Fatoyinbo showed up at our house unannounced. It was a Monday morning early and I was still in my nightgown. My mother had travelled with my sisters and mum were absent at service the previous Sunday,” she alleged.

“He didn’t say a word, forced me onto a chair, speaking only to command me to do as he said. It took me a while to come to terms with what was about to happen, and it was why I didn’t struggle or make a fuss when he pulled down my underwear and raped me.”

She added that he did not say anything after, left to his car, returned with a bottle of Krest and forced her to drink its content.

She said at this time, his wife had just given birth to their first child, Oluwashindara.

The pastor, however, who confirmed that Mrs Dakolo was a member of his church in 1999, said the story is “fallacious, non-existence and which are all denied in every measure.”

“We will also not stand for false criminal allegations against me or the church,” he added.

This is not the first time that Fatoyinbo will be involved in sex-related scandals.

In 2013, a former member of COZA Ese Walter said she had a sexual relationship with the married pastor in London.

Although Walter said the relationship was consensual, she noted that she felt “abused and manipulated”.

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Adelani Temiloluwa
School Of Nursing Ondo
Nursing Student
300Level, Nigeria.

Fatoyinbo threatens to sue accusers over rape allegations


The senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo Friday threatened to sue Nigerian singer Timi Dakolo, his wife Busola and other persons that have accused him of being a rapist.

“The leadership of the church and I have briefed our lawyers to commence criminal and civil actions against all individuals making such false (rape) allegations whether directly or by proxy,” Fatoyinbo said in a statement on his Instagram page.

YNaija published a video early Friday where Busola narrated how she was allegedly raped by Fatoyinbo whom she “placed highly as a father figure” at the age of 17.

Busola said she was a 16-year-old in the Divine Delight Club at Ilorin, Kwara State, the precursor to Fatoyinbo’s Commonwealth of Zion Assembly when she was groomed and raped by the pastor.

Busola explained that as a member of the church, she was raped at two different times in a week by the pastor, adding that she lost her virginity to him before she turned 18.

She alleged that the pastor raped her for the first time at her parent’s home and at another time in a secluded road path.

Narrating one of the incidents, she said, “Someone knocked on the door around 6.30am or 7:00 a.m. It was pretty early, I was still in my nightgown. I asked who it was and he said Pastor Biodun. I was wondering what he was doing in our house so early.

“He was already married at that time and his wife had just given birth to a baby.”

“Immediately I opened the door, he just pushed me, he didn’t say anything, he didn’t utter any word, he just pushed me to one of the chairs in my living room. I saw him, he was removing his belt, he just said: ‘keep quiet, do what I want you to do and you will be fine.”

“He didn’t say anything after, left to his car, returned with a bottle of Krest and forced me to drink it, probably as some crude contraceptive.”

She also said he told her, “You should be happy that a man of God did this to you.”

However, Fatoyinbo said that his church those that accused him of being of a rapist.

“We will as a church pursue every measure within the ambits of the law to bring the culprits to justice.”

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