The Coalition of Public Interest Lawyers and Advocates (COPA) has admonished
the police to quickly initiate investigation on the ra-pe claim leveled against Pastor Biodun Fatoyimbo by Mrs Busola Dakolo, spouse of prominent artiste, Timi Dakolo.
Dakolo blamed Fatoyimbo, the Senior minister, Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), of explicitly mishandling and ra*ping her.
He said: “In our quest to build a sane nation, no stone should be left unturned; this matter must be treated with the urgency it deserves and not swept under the carpet, as has regrettably been the habit.
“With the provisions of sections 4 and 24 of the Police Act, the Nigerian Police Force must urgently invite Pastor Biodun Fatoyimbo to appear before it to rest all sundry matters related to this matter. This is our demand.
“Regardless, the police must begin a thorough independent investigation of the allegations against Pastor Fatoyimbo, given that rape is a criminal matter that is squarely within their purview and mandate as a law enforcement agency.
“The Nigerian Police are to whereupon make its findings public and proceed to prosecute the culprit without delay, where its investigations turn up sufficient material for a case of rape.”
According to him, no fewer than 24 public interests lawyers and advocates have volunteered to take up the case of Dakolo, at no cost.
He said that decision of the lawyers to take up the matter was due to the fact that similar allegations had been levelled against the pastor in the past.
“We are mindful that such an allegation had in the past been levelled against the same individual by a plethora of women claiming to have had the misfortune of coming in contact with him.
“Any reasonable individual must deduce that there is in fact a dire concern to be put to rest here by laying the whole truth bare through proactive action.
“The failure of Pastor Biodun Fatoyimbo, now and in the past, to address these allegations and clear the air on his innocence is not just an arrogant disregard of public sensitivity but a dare to the general public, perhaps, to ‘do its worse’.
“The issue of rape and sexual abuse is a contextual one with a great significance in our laws and culture.
“It is not just a ruthless crime but a moral impropriety that must be addressed post-haste for the culprit to face justice so the victim might find succour and respite in the sanction of the law,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to the rape allegation leveled against Pastor Fatoyinbo.
One of the protest organizers that led the protest against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of COZA Church, Abuja has said 13 victims allegedly abused by the pastor are ready to testify against him in court.
According to a report by The Pulse, the protester identified herself as Funke and she made the statement at the premises of the church on Sunday, June 30, 2019.
She also revealed that they received death threats on Saturday, June 29, 2019 concerning the protest.
Also, Human Rights activist, Segun Awosanya popularly known as Segalink on social media has also weighed in on the ongoing allegations against the pastor.
Awosanya, who works with Citizen Gavel, a civic tech organisation is said to be instituting a legal action against the pastor Fatoyinbo saying there are “more than 30 people who are ready to testify against him.”
Busola Dakolo, had in an explosive interview granted to YNaija, revealed that the cleric raped her while she was a teenager, right in her parents’ house in Ilorin.