Rape: Pastor Ashimolowo to Appear in Court Against Fatoyinbo

Mrs Busola Dakolo, wife of Nigeria’s inspirational singer Timi Dakolo has finally

dragged the Founder and Senior Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA),

Biodun Fatoyinbo, to court over her rape claims.

An FCT High Court in a writ of summons obtained on Monday by the News Agency of

Nigeria (NAN) dated Sept. 6 and served on Fatoyinbo, ordered the Pastor to appear

before it within 14 days of the service or judgment may be given in his absence.

“You are hereby commanded that within fourteen (14) days after the service of this

writ on you, inclusive of the day of such service you do cause an appearance to be

entered for you, in an action of Mrs Busola Dakolo.

“And take notice that in default the claimant may proceed, and judgment may be

given in your absence,” the summon read.

NAN reports that the court might subpoena Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, the

Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), as he has been

listed among the witnesses Busola will be using to establish her case.

Busola through her lawyer,  Pelumi Olajengbesi & Co., is seeking the order of the

court to compel Fatoyinbo to publish a clearly worded apology to Busola on the

front page of at least two (2) National Newspapers and two National Televisions

for seven days running consecutively.

Busola Dakolo had two months ago made a shocking revelation in a detailed interview

with Chude Jideonwo, a lawyer and journalist of how the Abuja-based cleric raped her

as a teenager.

She claimed that Fatoyinbo had sexual intercourse with her on Sept. 23 and 26, 2002

caused her continuous emotional distress and amount to intentional infliction of emotional

distress.

The viral video report had set social media and other online platforms on fire, evoking shock,

backlash and criticisms from Nigerians, especially the Christian community.

It would be recalled that Pastor Fatoyinbo was detained during interrogation over the rape

allegation at the Force Headquarters in Abuja in August.

He was eventually released on bail.

He had earlier boycotted the panel set up by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN)

to investigate the rape allegation against him, claiming that he was advised by his lawyers not to appear

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