Why I Boycotted PFN’s Panel On Dakolo’s Alleged Rape – Fatoyinbo

Founder and Senior of Commonwealth Of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo has explained why he boycotted Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) investigation into the rape allegations levelled him by wife of popular artiste, Busola Dakolo.

Fatoyinbo in a statement signed by his Executive Senior Assistant, Ademola Adetuberu said his decision was followed by legal advice not to appear before the panel.

He claimed that the PFN panel was already prejudiced and may not conduct an impartial session.

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“Our attention has been drawn to a press briefing made by the National Publicity Secretary of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Bishop Emma Isong, where he reportedly disclosed that the investigation into the rape allegations levelled against the Founder and Senior of Commonwealth Of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, was declared inconclusive due to our Pastor’s failure to appear before the investigative panel set up by the Panel.

“We recall that when Pastor Fatoyinbo was invited by a phone call few days ago by Pastor Akinola Akinwale, who is the National Administrative Secretary of PFN, we explained that our Pastor would not honour the invitation due to legal advice hinged on the ongoing Police investigation.

“The legal advice was also premised on the Press Statement issued and personally signed by the PFN President, Bishop Felix Omobude, where our Pastor was publicly disowned. Based on the foregoing, we are convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the PFN was already prejudiced and may not conduct an impartial session.

“According to the report, Rev Omobude, whom we hold in high esteem, went further to crucify our Pastor without seeking to know his side of the story on the matter. With all due respect, we consider this a prejudicial position in dispensing justice and fairness.

“Even our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was given an opportunity for fair hearing by the Kangaroo Panel set up with the prime motive of condemning Him to death,” the statement read in part.

Adetuberu in the statement added that there was never any written invitation from the panel or the PFN leadership.

He said concluded that “once the Police investigation is over, our Pastor is ready to honour the invitation.”

Busola Dakolo: Fatoyinbo Absent As PFN Declares Investigation Inconclusive

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria on Thursday declared its investigations into the case of rape allegations by the wife of popular artiste, Busola Dakolo, against the founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo.

PFN National Publicity Secretary, Bishop Emma Isong said a five-man panel sat for over a month with key stakeholders such as non-governmental organisations, church leaders among others.

Ison who spoke at a press briefing on in Ikeja, Lagos added that the committee spoke to the parties involved in the matter.

However, he disclosed that Busola and her husband Timi Dakolo attended the sittings but pastor Fatoyinbo did not show up at any point in time despite several invitations.

Dakolo in an interview alleged sexual assault by Fatoyinbo against her. She said she had to come public over the case because she was speaking up to help other females.

Fatoyinbo had denied the allegations and threatened a lawsuit.

Postponement Of Elections, A ‘National Disgrace’ – PFN

Postponement Of Elections, A ‘National Disgrace’ – PFN
A file photo of ballot boxes during the 2015 general elections.

 

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has condemned the postponement of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In a statement on Saturday in Benin City, the Edo State capital, PFN National President, Reverend Felix Omobude described the polls shift as a serious “national disgrace and embarrassment”.

He said the INEC has no acceptable excuse to offer Nigerians for its failure to conduct the elections as earlier scheduled.

The PFN president believes the commission had about four years of preparations and yet disappointed Nigerians.

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“It is very sad and disappointing for INEC to dash the hope of Nigerians to vote on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at the very last minute, after serious preparations and sacrifices put in place by Nigerians to perform their franchise,” he was quoted as saying in the statement.

Reverend Omobude, however, appealed to Nigerians not to be discouraged but to continue to hope for the best and be prepared to go out to exercise their franchise on February 23, 2019, as fixed by the electoral umpire.

He also called on INEC and the security agencies to be transparent in all their dealings to ensure free, credible, fair and peaceful elections in the country on Saturday and on March 9.

“The leadership of INEC and all those having one role or the other to play in the conduct of this year’s general elections should know that all eyes are on them, both in Nigeria and internationally”, the PFN President said.

PFN Condemns Trial Of Justice Onnoghen

PFN Condemns Arraignment Of Justice Onnoghen
Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen (file)

 

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has condemned the trial of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, by the Federal Government.

Chairman of PFN in the South East, Cosmas Ilechukwu, faulted the action of the government while addressing reporters on Saturday at the end of a National Action and Pastoral Committee meeting in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

He claimed that the haste with which the petition and arraignment of the CJN were being done appeared to have a political undertone.

Ilechukwu added that the action of the government was capable of intimidating the judiciary which has been playing a crucial role in safeguarding the nation’s fragile democracy.

He, however, urged the government to allow peace to reign in the interest of Nigerians and ensure that the general elections were not allowed to be truncated.

The clergyman also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security operatives to discharge their duties honourably without compromise.

He called on all Christians across the country not to be indifferent towards the elections but exercise their civic responsibility and choose the best candidate to lead the country.

PFN Rejects Establishment Of Cattle Colonies

The Leadership of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in the South East on Sunday rejected the proposed plan by the Federal Government to establish cattle colonies in state across the federation as a means to solve the farmers and herdsmen clashes.

The Vice President of PFN in South East and Former Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Imo State, Cosmas Ilechukwu condemned the plan in strong terms after a national leaders meeting in Owerri, Imo State capital.

Ilechukwu said that cattle belonged to individuals and not the entire nation.

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Reading out a 12-point communique to journalists in Owerri, the Vice President of PFN one of the strongest arms of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) rejected the planned establishment of cattle colonies.

“It will be a gross abuse of office to take over people’s landed property and give to a group of others for their private business,” he said.

Speaking concerning the incessant attacks in Benue, Kaduna, Adamawa and Taraba state, Mr Ilechukwu said the PFN condemns these gruesome murder insisting it is not a communal clash but a well-planned and properly coordinated attacks on Christians.

He, however, scored the security operatives low in their manner and approach in tackling the issue.

The association appealed to Christians across the country especially in the northern part of the country should not take laws into their hands but must be security conscious and pray to God for these incessant attacks to cease.

Synagogue Building Collapse: Low Turnout Stalls Inquest

SynagogueLawyers and interested parties failed to turn up for the Lagos State Coroners Court sitting in Ikeja, into the cause of the collapsed guest house owned by the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN).

A situation that showed that judiciary activities is yet to commence in full force in Lagos although the judiciary workers strike is over.

This consequently led the court, presided over by Chief Magistrate Oyetade Komolafe, to adjourn till Tuesday, February 17, 2015 for continuation of hearing.

Before fixing the date, Chief Magistrate Komolafe had expressed the court’s determination to see to the end of the matter in two weeks’ time.

He urged lawyers and interested parties not to deploy delay tactics as proceedings continue.

The magistrate also announced that the remaining days in the week would be used to give interested parties the opportunity to view the CCTV footage already before the court.

The strike earlier embarked upon by members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), had frustrated the adjourned sitting of the court.

The building, a guest house in the premises of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations, collapsed on September 12, 2014, leaving over 80 persons dead.

After the collapse, the Founder of the church, Prophet T.B. Joshua, released a video that showed an aircraft flying over the building several times before its collapse.

The Nigerian President visited the Synagogue Church and the scene of the incident. He promised that the incident would be investigated.

Synagogue: Magistrate Dismisses Application Seeking Suspension Of Inquest

Synagogue building collapseThe Coroner probing the September 12 Synagogue building collapse, Magistrate O.A. Komolafe, has dismissed an application seeking a temporary suspension of the inquest.

Komolafe, while dismissing the application, described it as an abuse of court processes.

The Founder of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations, Prophet T.B. Joshua, filed the application asking Komolafe to put on hold further inquisition into the cause of death of the victims of the collapsed building.

No fewer than 116 persons lost their lives while several others sustained varying degrees of injuries in the tragic incident.

Joshua’s application for stay of proceedings dated November 11, 2014 came on the heels of an application he had filed before a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja.

In the said application before Justice Lateefat Okunnu, Joshua asked for a judicial review of the coroner’s proceedings, which began on October 13.

Among others, he had asked the High Court to determine whether the witness summons served on him to appear before the coroner to give testimony was not a violation of his right.

He further contested that the coroner had been extending his inquisitions into areas beyond its statutory purview.

According to Joshua’s lawyer, Mr. Olalekan Ojo, the duty of the coroner was limited to determining what killed the victims of the collapsed building and nothing more.

Ojo argued that it was beyond the scope of the coroner to delve into the questions of what was responsible for the collapse of the building itself.

According to Ojo, it was not the duty of the coroner to inquire into issues bordering on building approval, soil and/or material tests of the collapsed building.

He had therefore asked the coroner to suspend further inquisitions till when Justice Okunnu would rule on the issues raised.

Ruling on Joshua’s application on Wednesday, Komolafe held that it was an abuse of court processes.

The Coroner said that since there were no parties such as applicants and respondents or plaintiffs and defendants in the coroner’s court but only witnesses and interested parties, Joshua had no premise upon which to bring the application for stay of proceedings.

Komolafe added that granting such request would amount to him acting beyond his statutory power.

The Coroner held further that the application for stay of proceeding did not conform with Order 40 Rule 6 of the Lagos State Civil Procedural Rules, 2012.

The coroner upheld the argument of Lagos State Government that filing an application before a higher court did not automatically amount to an order to stay proceedings at the lower court.

Komolafe held, “From the order made by the High Court of Lagos State, there is no part wherein it was stated that the proceedings of the Coroner should be stayed as provided for under Rule 40 Order 6, paragraph (a) of Lagos State Civil Procedural Rule, 2012.

“It is for this reason of avoiding this kind of abuse of processes of the court that the lawmakers provided for Order 40 Rule 6, paragraph (a) of the High Court of Lagos State Civil Procedural Rules, 2012 for cases of judicial review.”

Komolafe held that if Justice Okunnu had intended to give an order to restrain the proceedings of the Coroner Court, she would have done it at the point when she gave Joshua the leave to ask for a judicial review of Coroner’s inquest.

He, therefore, adjourned till Friday, December 12, 2014 to proceed with the inquest.

Synagogue Building Collapse: Police Say Controlled Demolition Possible

Synagogue The Nigerian Police say that the Synagogue six-storey building could have been felled by a technique known as controlled demolition.

The Homicide Department of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Lagos, has explained that controlled demolition is when a building is felled using a chemical or electronic device.

The Head, Homicide Investigation and Crime Scene Management, DSP Olusola Agoyi, who was testifying at the resumed sitting of the Coroner, Magistrate O.A. Komolafe, probing the cause of the September 12 tragedy, said that the speed and the rate at which the Synagogue building caved in, coupled with some dust-like smoke that followed were peculiar elements seen only in a building felled by controlled demolition.

The investigator said that it was not impossible for a saboteur to have disguised into the church premises as a lodger or a visitor.

The Coroner, Magistrate Komolafe, was however not impressed with the level of investigation done. He, therefore, instructed the Police to do a proper investigation as he would be called back to testify.

The representative of the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), Bede Ogbeya, in his report, stated that the result of the test carried out revealed that the site had compressive strength and surface hardness value below the minimum standard requirement.

As the proceedings continued in the court room, a large crowd had gathered outside the court to wait for the arrival of the church founder, Prophet Temitope Joshua, but he was no where insight and the Coroner was again disappointed that the Prophet was not in court.

He, therefore, adjourned due to a malfunction of the recording device till Friday, November 21, warning that if Joshua still failed to show up, a bench warrant would be issued for his arrest.

It was still unclear why the prophet did not show up in court and if he eventually would.

Synagogue Building Collapse: S.Africa To Send Special Envoy To Nigeria

Synagogue building collapseSouth Africa is sending a high level governmental team to Nigeria with regard to the repatriation of the bodies of their citizens who died in the Synagogue Guest House collapse in September.

Addressing a post-cabinet press conference in Cape Town and via video link to Pretoria on Thursday, Minister in the Presidency and the special envoy leading the visiting delegation, Mr Jeff Hadebe, said that the purpose of the visit was to meet with the Federal Government and the Lagos State Government first-hand, with a view to expediting action on the repatriation of the bodies.

More than 80 South Africans are believed to be among the 116 people who died in the Synagogue building collapse.

DNA matching is said to still be ongoing at a laboratory in Stellenbosch, in South Africa.