Fatoyinbo and wife
Senior Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Biodun Fatoyinbo, has taken to his social media page to respond to recent reports alleging that a Federal High Court, in a writ of summons dated September 6 and served on Fatoyinbo, had ordered the accused to appear before it within 14 days of the service or judgment may be given in his absence.
It read, “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.”
But Fatoyinbo responded in a terse official statement on his Instagram page on Monday evening, which read, “We have heard the latest report. We have not received any court document and if we do, we would respond accordingly because we have utmost respect for the law.”
In addition, the COZA pastor captioned the statement, saying, “I normally would not respond to news. But will do so only this time. Allow me to respond in Pidgin English: ‘Stop lying up an dan.’”
Busola, through her lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi & Co., is seeking the order of the court to compel Fatoyinbo to publish a clearly worded apology to Busola on the front page of at least two (2) national newspapers and two national televisions for seven days running consecutively.
Busola had, two months ago, made a shocking revelation in a detailed interview with Chude Jideonwo, a lawyer and journalist, of how the Abuja-based cleric raped her as a teenager.
She claimed that Fatoyinbo had sexual intercourse with her on September 23 and 26, 2002, caused her continuous emotional distress amounting to intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The viral video had set social media and other online platforms on fire, evoking shock, backlash and criticisms from Nigerians, especially the Christian community.
It will be recalled that Pastor Fatoyinbo was detained during interrogation over the rape allegation at the Force Headquarters in Abuja in August.
He was eventually released on bail.
He had earlier boycotted the panel set up by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria to investigate the rape allegation against him, claiming that he was advised by his lawyers not to appear.