COZA Rape: Abuja Police detain Pastor Fatoyinbo 

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The embattled Senior Pastor and founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) Biodun Fatoyinbo, is currently being detained at the Nigerian Police Force Headquarters in Abuja after he surrendered himself for questioning over rape allegations levelled against him by Mrs. Busola Dakolo.

 

Mrs Dakolo, wife of Nigeria’s inspirational singer Timi Dakolo had accused Fatoyinbo of raping her 20 years ago in Ilorin, Kwara State when she was still 16 years old. Following protests that greeted the allegation, Fatoyinbo was forced to step aside but later returned to the pulpit. 

 

Fatoyinbo is being interrogated at Force Criminal Investigation Division (FCID) headquarters in Abuja by a team of four officers led by Assistant Commissioner of Police Adaku Uche Anya. The police have confirmed the ongoing interrogation, which came after the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, (PFN), said the embattled Senior COZA Pastor refused to appear before its panel investigating the rape allegation against him. The PFN said because he refused to appear before the panel, the probe had been declared inconclusive.

 

According to PFN National Publicity Secretary, Bishop Emma Isong, who spoke with newsmen in Lagos on Thursday, Busola and her husband, Timi Dakolo appeared before the panel while Fatoyinbo did not.

 

Recall that the wife of sensational soul singer Timi Dakolo, made a shocking revelation in a detailed interview with Chude Jideonwo, a lawyer and journalist on YNaija channel of how the Abuja-based cleric raped her as a teenager.

 

The viral video report set social media and other online platforms on fire, evoking shock, backlash and criticism from Nigerians, especially the Christian community. However, in his reaction, the embattled preacher posted a statement on his Instagram page denying the allegation, adding that he had never rape a woman all his life.

 

In the statement addressed from the ‘Office of the Senior Pastor’, Fatoyinbo described the allegation as a false and baseless claim targeted at destroying his reputation and that of his church. “I have never in my life raped anybody even as an unbeliever and I am absolutely innocent of this.” the statement reads in part.

 

In 2013, the clergy popularly called “Gucci Pastor”, because of his flamboyant fashion style, was also entangled in an allegation of infidelity with one Ese Walter, a former member of the church.