This comes about two weeks after Mrs Dakolo had demanded that the pastor apologises for allegedly defiling her.
In a writ filed on her behalf by her lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi and Co of Law corridor, she demanded that Pastor Fatoyinbo pens a clearly worded apology on the front page of at least two national newspapers and two national television stations for seven days running consecutively.
She also demanded that the COZA pastor addresses a ‘personal apology letter’ showing honest remorse for his misdeed.
In the suit obtained Exclusively by Channels Television, Mrs Dakolo told a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja that the defilement by Pastor Fatoyinbo has adversely affected her marital sex life.
Mrs Dakolo also demanded that a cost of action estimated at the sum of N10,000,000 (ten million naira) be paid.
Singer, Timi Dakolo has expressed concerns over the safety of his family, after ‘strange men with guns’ visited their residence to serve him and his wife, Busola, a letter on Saturday.
He alleged that since the visit, the lives of his family have been put at risk by ‘strange faces’.
Mr Dakolo had on Saturday in a social media post, raised an alarm alleging that, the visit by the men was an act of “institutionalized intimidation.”
Meanwhile, the police in a statement stated that the men served official Invitation letters, and are not synonymous with a Warrant of Arrest, and must not be construed to be one.
However, the singer explained at a press briefing that his wife, Busola, a photographer, had filed a petition against the founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo, alleging him of raping her when she was a teenager.
“On the 27th of June, my wife, through her legal representative filed a petition at a police station about Mr Biodun Fatoyinbo of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, for raping a minor.
“The petition was filed at the office of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in Alagbon, Ikoyi. We had four meetings, over six hours at the police station, the day before and the day after.”
He added that the AIG asked for an expeditious action after assigning the file to an investigative team, and his family decided not to publicise the development because of their believe that the law will be followed duly.
“The AIG himself personally assigned the file and immediately asked for an expeditious action to investigate the case.
“We decided not to publicise the fact that we had our case filed as we believe the law will be followed duly.”
While narrating the incident that occurred on Saturday, Mr Dakolo alleged that the actions of the men showed that they wanted to abduct him or his wife.
“I never expected that our residential address where my children live will be released to the public. Since then, I have noticed how my life, my wife’s life, and my children have been put to risk by strange faces.
“The attempt on Saturday to abduct my wife or me because the people that came to drop a letter at my house came with guns and a tinted vehicle.
“When they followed my wife into the compound, someone said that his boss wanted to see her in the bus and she refused to go see the person.”
The latest development comes weeks after his wife; Busola Dakolo alleged that Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo, had raped her when she was a teenager.
Subsequently, the pastor stepped-down as calls for the case to be investigated mounted.
The Police have confirmed that it served official Invitation letters on Busola and Timi Dakolo on Saturday.
In a statement on Sunday, the police, however, stated that the letters are not synonymous with a Warrant of Arrest, and must not be construed to be one.
It explained that “rather, it is a polite investigative tool used in eliciting information voluntarily from parties to aid police investigations,” it said after the singer had alleged that “strange men with guns” stormed his home on Saturday – a move he described as an act of “institutionalized intimidation”.
The Police, however, urged members of the public to see it as a legitimate act in line with its constitutional mandate, which among other things include the investigation of all complaints brought before it.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP MA Adamu, also appealed for calm, reassuring Nigerians that the Police Force under his watch will remain professional, impartial and unreservedly committed to the pursuit of justice in this case and all other cases before it.
Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, has demanded justice for rape victims.
In a tweet on Sunday, she called the attention of the Inspector of General, Mohammed Adamu, to ensure there is no intimidation of victims in the administration of justice.
This comes after Singer, Timi Dakolo said “strange men with guns” had stormed his home, and the police had served him letters instituting a “false investigation”.
According to him, the development was an act of “institutionalised intimidation” following allegations of rape by his wife, Busola, against the Founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo.
While the police confirmed in a statement on Sunday that they had served official invitation letters on Timi Dakolo and his wife Busola, they, however, said the letters were not synonymous with a Warrant of Arrest.
It further explained that “rather, it is a polite investigative tool used in eliciting information voluntarily from parties to aid police investigations”.
Singer, Timi Dakolo, has raised an alarm alleging that some police officers stormed his residence in Lekki, Lagos State.
He took to social media to state that “strange men with guns” had stormed his home – a move he described as an act of “institutionalized intimidation”.
This comes weeks after social media went abuzz following an interview by his wife, Busola, where she alleged that founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo, had raped her when she was a teenager.
Subsequently, the pastor stepped-down as calls for the case to be investigated mounted.
The Senior Pastor of the Covenant Christian Centre (CCC), Poju Oyemade, has called for justice regarding the allegations of rape involving the Founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo.
The call follows a recent interview by Busola Dakolo – photographer and wife of popular musician, Timi Dakolo in which she alleged that Pastor Fatoyinbo had raped her when she was a teenager.
According to Oyemade, on hearing the news, he immediately contacted the spiritual leader which he said he believes Pastor Fatoyinbo defers in authority to, to wade into the issue and bring about a decision.
“He informed me his position. It was that Pastor Biodun should first step down from the pulpit indefinitely, suspend 7 Days of glory and make a public statement. These he made known to him directly in an hour,” Oyemade said.
When asked of his opinion, the CCC pastor noted that at the foundation, governing structures in Pentecostal churches are not strong enough to ensure that an erring member is sanctioned.
Beyond that, however, he said he had three objectives in mind – Justice, Healing and Redemption.
He also went further to apologise to all those who have been “abused and exposed in our independent Pentecostal structures”, adding that the church will seek to build stronger structures.
Read his full statement below.
My position on the case
I have been asked by many well-meaning people about my position concerning the accusation of rape made against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo.
I could only watch the tape by Busola Dakolo for a few minutes, it was difficult to sit through it. From what I heard it is impossible not to be heart broken and sympathise with her.
She must have gone through a lot and then to sit to tape her experience must have been very painful.
She is today a wife and mother of three to have to relive a 20yr old experience.
I immediately contacted the spiritual leader in the Body of Christ I believe Pastor Biodun deferrs in authority to, to wade into the issue and bring about a decision.
He informed me his position. It was that Pst Biodun should first step down from the pulpit indefinitely, suspend 7 Days of glory and make a public statement. These he made known to him directly in an hour.
This should serve as the first step. He informed me that was the position and asked my opinion.
We had 3 objectives in mind.
1. Justice 2. Healing 3. Redemption.
I have been informed that the decision to step down and cancel the 7 days of Glory have been made.
It is apparent that the manner in which our Pentecostal Churches were/are born with an individual receiving a call directly from God and we all operating largely as independent bodies, our governing structures are not as strong as in the orthodox church settings with the exemption of Pentecostal denominations where you are appointed a pastor and can be easily sanctioned.
This, however, makes it imperative that we go an extra mile to show a high level of compassion and sense of responsibility for people placed under our care or else what has brought our great growth may be what will destroy us.
For those who have been abused and exposed in our independent pentecostal structures, I deeply apologise and we will seek to build stronger structures through peer reviews and in our relationships.
The Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) worldwide, Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, has announced his decision to take a leave of absence from the pulpit.
The pastor said the decision to step down follows spiritual counsel from Christian leaders and spiritual mentors.
“The past few days have been very sobering for me. I have taken time to pray and seek spiritual counsel from Christian leaders around the world who feel very concerned about the ongoing reports in the media. I have solicited their guidance on actions I should take that are honouring to our Lord Jesus Christ and the work He has called me to do.
“Drawing from their counsel and that of the leadership of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly and owing to my love for God’s word and the sacred honour of my called, I have decided to take a leave of absence from the pulpit of the church,” Fatoyinbo said in a post on his official Instagram handle.
He added that the decision although is saddening but he believes it is the right thing to do based on the allegations raised against him.
The senior Pastor describes the situation as ‘turbulent times’ and his confidence in the Lord remains ‘unwavering.’
He also called for payers for himself and the church.
“Although it would break my heart to tatters to stay a day without doing ministry I believe it is the right thing to do at this time. It is in the interest of the flock of Christ that issues concerning me do not become a distraction to their worship of their Lord.
“This step enables me to submit to the concerns of my spiritual mentors as they consider all the issues that have been raised against me.
“My confidence in the Lord remains unwavering. Though I do not understand all that is happening, I trust the Lord to lead and guide me one step at a time. Kindly pray for me and the congregation of COZA as we seek the face of the Lord during these turbulent times.”
Read Fatoyinbo’s full statement below…
Fatoyin’s announcement to take leave of absence from the pulpit follows rape allegation from Busola Dakolo, wife of popular musician Timi Dakolo.
In an interview with Y!Naija, the photographer explained that she was allegedly raped by the pastor, some years ago at her parents’ home. She said the incident happened when the pastor visited her at her parent’s house and that she was aged 16.
The allegation sparked a social media storm, with thousands backing Busola and calling for an investigation.
Celebrities praised Busola for sharing her story even years after the incident happened. Many others praised her for being brave and courageous. Celebrities who reacted to her post include, Bank W, Don Jazzy, Mercy Johnson, Toke Makinwa, Nse Ikpe Etim, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu with #IStandWithBusola trending on social media.
The pastor has since denied the allegation. In a press statement on his official Instagram handle, he said: “I have never in my life raped anybody even as an unbeliever. I am absolutely innocent of this.”
Busola Dakolo is the second high profile person after Ese Walter who will accuse Fatoyinbo of rape.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the act of rape, saying it doesn’t matter who is involved.
“It is ungodly, wicked, and reprehensible”, a statement issued on Sunday by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant (Media & Communications) to the CAN President, His Eminence, Rev Dr Samson Ayokunle, said.
It, however, stated that regarding the recent allegations against the Founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, it is yet to get details of the matter, other than news from social media.
According to organisation such information “is not reliable or credible evidence enough to jump into a conclusion”.
It further stated that the CAN Leadership has reached out to the leadership of the block which the Pastor in question belongs, with a view to getting to the root of the matter.
“This will help us to make the right decision on the issue,” the statement read.
Pastor Fatoyinbo recently came under fire following allegations of rape by Busola Dakolo, photographer and wife of talented Musician, Timi Dakolo – the most recent in series of allegations in the past.
In a recent interview, she accused the pastor of raping her when she was a teenager – a story that has resulted in several groups of supporters calling for him to step down and be investigated.
“The truth will either vindicate or exonerate but without a doubt, the truth will serve justice as it heals a hurting society whose faith has been battered and whose hope may be shattered if this is ‘swept under the carpet,” he said.
Meanwhile, the former presidential candidate thanked Busola for “finding the strength and the courage to break her silence & speak her truth”.
Read his statement below.
The wise King Solomon once said … There is a time for everything … A time to be silent and a time to speak.
But you may ask, how do you know when it is time to be silent or to speak up? For me, the answer is quite simple …. when the ‘PEACE of silence’ is taken away from you & the ‘BURDEN of silence’ becomes too heavy to bear.
Only a few people ever find the courage to break out of the PRISON of silence & to speak up about a hurt, a pain, a shame or a fear that has kept them silent for many years.
Please understand that … the way we all react when their silence is broken will either release them into a life of freedom or repress them back into the darkness & bondage of silence; sometimes for the rest of their lives.
Worse still, many of the people who are still under the BONDAGE of silence are also watching to see how we speak & act when someone else finds the courage to break their silence & speak up about something that makes us all uncomfortable.
And so, I thank my dear sister Busola Dakolo for finding the strength and the courage to break her silence & speak her truth. I salute your courage even as I encourage everyone under the bondage of silence to please find the courage to speak up & lighten their burden. Your voice may be the only source of strength and courage that others (who may be in a similar or different circumstance) will hear and be encouraged to break their silence.
Yesterday (Fri.28thJune), Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo broke his silence and responded contrary to the allegations.
To be clear, I do not have any desire to be a judge nor do I have the competence to judge such an egregious case but I know this for sure … that serious allegations such as RAPE deserve to be fully investigated especially where the names of witnesses have been mentioned and their identities revealed in the story.
I strongly believe that a thorough and independent investigation can only be in the best interest of everyone concerned as well as in the best interest of the body of Christ & the society at large.
To this end, I call on all leaders in the body of Christ to SPEAK UP & DEMAND A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION OF THESE ALLEGATIONS IMMEDIATELY. With all due respect to all our ‘fathers and mothers of faith’, this is NOT a time to be silent. This is the time to speak up.
Now … the scriptures (in Mathew 5:23) provide us with a guide for such a precarious time as this … “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and then remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift at the altar first go & be reconciled to them and then come back & offer your gift.” Without a doubt, Pastor @BiodunFatoyinbo is a gifted preacher & teacher of God’s Word … but, our sister @BusolaDakolo has brought a serious allegation against him. Therefore, in line with the scriptures, it is only appropriate that he leaves his gift (preaching & teaching) at the altar in order to first go and attend to this matter, reconcile with the truth and, if exonerated, then return to the altar to serve God’s people with his gift.
The scriptures clearly advise that he should take a break and step aside in order for this investigation to be concluded & justice pronounced.
This is what great leaders do in every nation we admire. Great leaders hold themselves to higher standards of scrutiny and accountability to the people they lead.
This is why they usually step aside in the face of serious allegations to pave the way for independent investigations without interference.
This is especially the case whenever allegations of serious misconduct or crime such as RAPE have been made and named witnesses can be called to testify.
There may be different sides to a story but there will always be only ONE SIDE TO THE TRUTH … and through the transparent process of an independent investigation, THE TRUTH will surely prevail.
“The truth will either vindicate or exonerate but without a doubt, the truth will serve justice as it heals a hurting society whose faith has been battered and whose hope may be shattered if this is ‘swept under the carpet” he said.
Protesters have stormed the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) in Abuja over the rape allegation against the Founder of the church, Biodun Fatoyinbo.
Bearing placards with inscriptions such as ‘Thou shall not rape’, and ‘Your pastor is not your God’, the protesters are calling on the pastor to step down, and be investigated, among other things.
The protesters had converged on an NNPC filling station close to the church in Guzape before proceeding to the church, which is holding its first Sunday service since Busola Dakolo, photographer and wife of musician Timi Dakolo accused the pastor of raping her, 20 years ago when she was 18.
The pastor has denied the allegation, but many including celebrities and leaders of civil society groups are demanding an investigation and have expressed support for Busola. Many others have also defended the pastor.
The latest scandal to involve the pastor has dominated social media discuss for days with the push for a protest gaining traction through Friday and Saturday.
In 2013, a member of the church, Ese Walters, had alleged that she and the pastor had an affair.
Ahead of the protest, security was tightened at the church with masked police officers, soldiers and members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps stationed around it.
Protesters have countered an initial protest by some concerned Nigerians against the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo, who was accused by Mrs Busola Dakolo of raping her at 16 years old in her parents’ house.
The group of young Nigerians appeared at the church premises on Sunday afternoon, displaying placards in solidarity to the pastor.
Fatoyinbo revealed that the cancellation followed consultation with his spiritual leaders and church elders who asked him not to put the special guests through the risk of protests amid allegations of rape against him.
He added that his “elders” were handling the situation and he expressed sadness at the huge deployment of security agents in the church.
Busola Dakolo, photographer and wife of musician Timi Dakolo had accused Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo, of rape in an interview with Y!Naija on Friday.
Mrs Dakolo said that Fatoyinbo did the act when she was 16 years old at her parents’ home.
The allegation sparked social media storm, with thousands sharing their views on the matter, while several celebrities expressed their support for her and called for an investigation into the matter.
The COZA senior pastor has denied the rape allegations.