Alleged Rape: Protesters In Solidarity March For COZA Pastor, Fatoyinbo

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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.

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The placards had inscriptions: “I love Pastor Biodun,” and “Pastor Biodun is a blessing,” among others.

Meanwhile, a team of security personnel were equally around to barricade the road and deny the protesters, access into the church premises.

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Rape Allegations: COZA Cancels Special Annual Programme

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Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) has cancelled its yearly special programme “Seven Days of Glory”, scheduled to hold from July 1-7, 2019.

Senior Pastor, Abiodun Fatoyinbo, made the announcement to members on Sunday during church service.

The special programme COZA7DG, usually have several international pastors attended, and this edition is meant to host Pastor John Hannah, Pastor Korede Komaiya and Prophet Gideon Danso.

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Protest At COZA Over Rape Allegation Against Pastor Fatoyinbo

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.

Rape Controversy: Masked Security Officials Surround COZA

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Security officials including personnel of the Nigerian Army, the police, Nigerian Civil Defence Corps have stormed the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) in Abuja.

This comes days after the Founder of the church Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, was accused of rape, an allegation he has denied.

At the church, located in Guzape, more than 30 security officials were present with security vehicles parked at strategic points. The deployment is higher than the usual security presence during services.

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Today’s service is the first since Busola Dakolo, a photographer and wife of musician Timi Dakolo, accused the pastor of raping her when she was 16.

Her allegation has led to calls by many Nigerians and groups for the arrest and investigation of the pastor.

Many others have also stood by the pastor who issued a statement saying he has never raped anyone even as an unbeliever.

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Rape Allegation: Celebrities Back Busola Dakolo, COZA Pastor Reacts

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Busola Dakolo, photographer and wife of musician Timi Dakolo has accused the Founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo, of rape.

In an interview with Y!Naija, the photographer alleged that the incident happened when she was 16 years old at her parents’ home, a duplex.

“My mum had traveled with my sister and it was just my other sister in the house. The house was so big that if you were upstairs, you would not know what is happening downstairs,” she said while sharing her story.

The allegation has sparked a social media storm, with thousands sharing their views on the matter.

Several celebrities have expressed support for her and called for an investigation into the matter.

See some of the reactions below.

 

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#Unbroken #IamReady #ItsTmeForTruth #ThatLittleGirlDidntDie #SueMeIfYouDare

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Coza Pastor Reacts.

Meanwhile, the pastor has also responded to the allegations, saying he has never raped anyone before even as an unbeliever in the past.

He described the claims as “all fallacious and non-existent” and only aimed at ruining his reputation and that of the church.

While the couple, Bukola and Timi appear willing to go to any length in fighting for the truth, with hashtag #SueUsIfYouDare, the pastor has also stated that his lawyers have been briefed and legal actions will commence soon.

See the full statement in his Instagram post below.

 

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I have NEVER RAPED before , not even as an unbeliever!

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