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I’ve Never Raped Anyone, Says Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo As He Reacts To Rape Allegations By Busola Dakolo

Valentine Chinyem

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The founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, has issued a statement saying, he never raped anyone in his life.

According to a statement issued on Friday via his Instagram page, the pastor said he is innocent as the rape allegation levelled against him by Busola, wife of popular Nigerian singer, Timi Dakolo, were fabricated.

The statement entitled, “I have NEVER RAPED before, not even as an unbeliever!” Reads: “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 over time, because of this they have gotten more aggressive.

“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 would never condone any form of abuse, harassment, or intimidation of anyone. I have never in my life raped anybody, even as an unbeliever and I’m 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 be confronted with these false allegations prior to any publication, instead of resorting to the 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 indirectly or by proxies. We will as a church pursue every measure within the ambits of the law to bring the culprits to justice.

See the full press statement below: