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Why Fatoyinbo may be winning his battle to silence the Dakolos over rape allegations

RAPE ALLEGATIONS: Like PFN, CAN denies Fatoyinbo, says COZA Pastor not their member

Embattled Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), may be winning the battle to silence the Dakolo’s over rape allegations leveled against him.

Questions were raised weeks ago when the President of CAN Abuja, Reverend Jonah Samson and CAN President North Central, Reverend Israel Akanji, both paid a visit to COZA, pledging support and prayers for Pastor Fatoyinbo.

It became evident that the troubled man of God was making frantic efforts to save his battered image days later when the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) officially distanced itself from the visit by two of its members.

That episode was followed by the invasion of the residence of the Dakolo’s by policemen who informed that they had come to deliver a police invitation letter based on a petition.

Recounting, the experience, Busola Dakolo, in an interview days ago with the UK Guardian said she was later forced into a van by the armed policemen who ordered her at gunpoint to sign a document countering her rape allegations against Pastor Fatoyinbo.

According to her, the contents of the letter were not against Pastor Fatoyinbo, but against her and her husband containing allegations of “criminal conspiracy, falsehood, mischief and threat to life”.

Tongues were later sent wagging last Sunday when Pastor Abiodun returned to the pulpit to preach after he initially stepped down following rape allegations a month ago.

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Reports say Pastor Fatoyinbo was welcomed back with a thunderous applause on Sunday, August 4th to the delight of many screaming and jubilating church members as he climbed the stage for the first time since the rape allegation leveled against him by Busola.

His return to the pulpit follows drowning buzz over the rape allegations leveled against him by Busola who claimed the incident happened when she was 16.

It is also interesting to note, that his return to the pulpit comes after the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum issued by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) to submit its reports on its findings as regards the rape allegations leveled against Pastor Fatoyinbo.

From the way things are panning out, it may not be far fetched to sum up that the Dakolo’s may not get justice they sought after all the efforts made to expose the clergy in question.

Busola’s comments during the interview with UK Guardian also supports the above submission.

She said; “Our culture doesn’t allow speaking of these sorts of things against anointed men of God. They’d rather hide it, and the party that is being victimised tends to live with that self-blame.

“The damage on the survivor is extremely terrible, but the society, the church, keeps sweeping things under the carpet.”

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