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.
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.
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.
Have you ever heard pastor Adeboye been accused of rape NO! Bishop Oyedepo? No! Pastor Adekoya? No But you so called Coza pastor as been accused Twice!! is he the only man of God? Rather than argue blindly sit your pastor down,ask for the truth #COZA#IstandwithBusolaDakolo
Sadly the rave will die down as usual, Biodun Fatonyibo will turn up in church next Sunday and members will turn up grinning from ear to ear like nothing happened. And the cycle continues.#IStandWithBusolaDakolo
I have seen Biodun Fatoyinbo’s statement. I look forward to him carrying out his threat to sue Busola Dakolo. 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. #IStandWithBusolaDakolo
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.