Busola Dakolo, wife of Nigeria’s inspiring singer, Timi Dakolo, lastly dragged the Zion Assembly’s Founder and Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo, to court on her allegations of rape.
In the notice of summons dated 6 September and served on Mr Fatoyinbo, the High Court ordered the pastor to appear before him within 14 days of the date of service or judgment in his absence.
“You are hereby commanded that within fourteen (14) days after the service of this writ on you, inclusive of the day of such service you do cause an appearance to be entered for you, in an action of Mrs Busola Dakolo.
“And take notice that in default the claimant may proceed, and judgment may be given in your absence,” the summon read.
The court may subpoena Matthew Ashimolowo, Senior Pastor of the Kingsway International Christian Center (KICC), as he is listed among the witnesses Mrs. Dakolo will use in pursuing her case.
Through her lawyer, Mrs Daokolo, Pelumi Olajengbesi & Co., seeks a court order to compel Mr Fatoyinbo to post a clear apology to Busola on the front page of at least two (2) National Newspapers and two National Televisions for seven consecutive days.
Two months earlier, in a detailed interview with Chude Jideonwo, a lawyer and journalist, Busola Dakolo had given a shocking revelation about how the Abuja-based cleric supposedly raped her as a teenager.
She stated that on September 23 and September 26, 2002, Mr Fatoyinbo had sexual intercourse with her, causing her ongoing emotional distress and amounting to deliberate emotional distress infliction.
The viral video report set fire to social media and other internet platforms, evoking shock, backlash, and criticism from Nigerians, particularly the Christian community.
It will be recalled that Mr Fatoyinbo was detained during an interrogation on charges of rape at the Abuja Force Headquarters in August.
He was finally released on bail.
He had previously boycotted the panel instituted by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) to investigate the allegation of rape against him, claiming his lawyers had instructed him not to appear.