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Popular Nigerian Pastor accused of rape finally in Police custody – why it matters

Fatoyinbo interrogated by police

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Popular Nigerian Pastor accused of rape finally in Police custody – why it matters

The Nigeria Police Force revealed that embattled Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth Of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo, is in its custody.

Backstory: Per Police spokesperson, Frank Mba, Fatoyinbo is being held at the Force Headquarters, where detectives with the criminal investigation department are interrogating him over a rape allegation against him. Several women including celebrity stylist Ms. Bukola Dakota have accused Mr. Fatoyinbo of rape. 

Why it matters: Fatoyinbo’s interrogation by the police is long overdue. Since the allegations came to light two months ago, the public has criticized the bias shown by the police in handling the case.

The complainant, the Dakolos, had filed charges against Fatoyinbo in Lagos but when the police invited them instead to Abuja, where Fatoyinbo himself is domiciled, the public began to sense foul play.

  • Fatoyinbo has also refused to be accountable to his own religious organizations. He dishonored the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN)’s panel — accusing the body of bias against him.  
  • Busola Dakolo has been invited to Abuja for interrogation. It is believed that Busola may finally honour the invitation against her initial protest to have it done in Lagos where she originally filed charges.

What they are saying:Lami Apejoye, a member of the #ChurchToo pressure group, said that there was hope of prosecution. She tweeted after the news of Mr. Fatoyinbo’s interrogation by the police that there is “hope”.

Read: The Pastor Fatoyinbo saga proves again that Boko Haram is our national religion

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