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Rape Allegation: Nigerians protest in numbers at COZA Lagos

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Nigerians have stormed COZA Lagos church to protest, after the pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo was alleged of raping Timi Dakolo’s wife.

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Busola Dakola days back alleged that COZA pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo raped her years back, and Etomi who has called for the pastor to step down has also narrated her own experience.

Since the news went viral, many Nigerians promised to take up a protest at the church premises today, and that has surely happened.

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In a video posted on Twitter by David I. Adeleke (@DavidIAdeleke), a large number of people (mostly females) can be seen protesting directly in front of the church.

Many have called for the Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo to step down. Watch video below;

Despite the large number of celebrities and important personalities coming in defense of Bukola Dakolo, the COZA pastor has since denied raping her.

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He wrote in a statement:

I am aware that there has been a recent media publication on YouTube by YNaija operated and owned by RED Media Group which shows an interview by Chude Jideonwo with Busola Dakolo.

Prior to now, we had adhered to our policy of ignoring rumours from social media accounts as we knew that several statements had been made to extort the church of money and myself through blackmail, harassment and intimidation.

We have refused time and again to accede to their request, which has infuriated them overtime, because of this they have gotten more aggressive.

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Unlike previous statements where innuendos were used and there was no direct mention of myself or the Church, the recent video released on YouTube has now made direct Criminal allegations against me in the interview granted by Busola Dakolo which are fallacious, non-existent and which are all denied in every measure. As an individual and as a Church we love and support people, and we will never condone any form of abuse, rape, harassment, or intimidation of anybody. I have never in my life raped anybody even as an unbeliever and I am absolutely innocent of this.

Busola Dakolo, who has made this false allegation and her family attended the church during the early start of the church in Ilorin in 1999. I never had any private interactions with her beyond my pastoral duties. Looking at her status and that of her husband, I am dumbfounded why she would say such a thing. As expected under the ethics of Journalism, it would have been expected that I should have been confronted with these false allegations prior to any publication, instead of resorting to social media with the intent to ruin my reputation and bring down the church.

We will also not stand for false criminal allegations made against me or the church. The leadership of the Church and I have briefed our lawyers to commence Criminal and Civil actions against all individuals making such false allegations whether directly or by proxies. We will as a church pursue every measure within the ambits of the law to bring the culprits to justice. We have heard, and we will not be surprised to see more of such allegations by people who have been paid to continue in this line of blackmail, harassment and extortion including those who may have been dismissed from their duties in the church on disciplinary grounds.

To all our members and those supporting God’s work, I want to assure you that we would fight this and the Lord will vindicate us. This has always been intended to attack the church, this is the intent of the adversary, the intent is to destroy the church, so please stay focused and prayerful. God Bless you. I celebrate you.

About Ayeni Tolulope

Ayeni Tolulope is a fine-grained Journalist, Writer, Digital Media Strategist. He has been a member of the Fourth Estate for three years. He worked with LailasNews for over a year.