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Busola Dakolo demands apology, N10m from COZA’s Fatoyinbo
BUSOLA Dakolo, wife of Nigerian popular musician Timi Dakolo has demanded that the founder and Senior Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo, apologise to her and pay N10 million for allegedly defiling her.
In June, Dakolo an acclaimed photographer revealed during an interview how the General Overseer of COZA raped her as a teenager.
In a court order filed on her behalf by her lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi and Co of Law Corridor, she is demanding that Fatoyinbo make “a clearly worded apology on the front page of at least two national newspapers and two national television stations for seven days running consecutively.”
In the report by CHANNELS, Busola, in addition to that, is also asking that a cost of action estimated at the sum of N10million be paid to her.
The embittered woman told a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja that the defilement by by the popular clergy man, Fatoyinbo has adversely affected her marital sex life.
In the writ, she stated that the pastor had “forcefully pushed her unto a couch close to the front door of her house, pinned her to the couch, undressed her, caressed her body, fondled her breasts, exposed his genitals to her glare, forcing a bottle of soda (Krest) down her throat thereby making her breathing difficult.”
“All the while he was covering her mouth to muffle her screams and threatened her life on the 23rd of September, 2002,” she said.
According to her, these actions “both jointly and/or severally are outrageous and reckless and have caused her emotional distress,” which has subjected her to intentional infliction of emotional distress.
She also claimed that on another occasion on September 26, 2002, Fatoyinbo drove her to a secluded area, forcefully pulled her out of the car, undressed her, spanked her buttocks, threatened her life, caressed her body, fondled her breasts and exposed his genitals to her glare.
Dakolo also asked the court to declare that Fatoyinbo’s denial of his alleged acts contained jointly and/or severally through a press statement he released on June 28, 2019, had caused her continuous emotional distress and amounted to intentional infliction of emotional distress on her.
Fatoyinbo is expected to appear before the court or cause an appearance to be entered for him in an action at the suit of Dakolo, within fourteen days of being served.
This new development comes on the heels of police invitation of the founder of COZA in Abuja.
However, although Fatoyinbo has the support of the Christain Association of Nigeria, he is not seen as a saint amongst other religious factions–Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN). The COZA pastor had earlier boycotted an invitation by the panel investigating the alleged rape accusation.
The pastor in a statement claimed that the members of the inquiry were already prejudiced and may not conduct an impartial session.