It is no longer news that COZA pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo has been accused of rape by the wife of one of Nigeria’s finest vocalist, Timi Dakolo. The victim, Busola Dakolo in a now-viral video accused Fatoyinbo of raping her twice when she was a teenager and many have since opined that the COZA pastor faces the wrath of the law.
Now, in a new turn of events, the Coalition of Public Interest Lawyers and Advocates (COPA) has disclosed that no fewer than 24 public interests lawyers and advocates have volunteered to take up the case of Busola Dakolo against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo at no cost.
According to the leader of COPA, Pelumi Olajengbesi, in a statement, yesterday described the rape allegation as grievous and must therefore not be swept under the carpet. She further stated that the decision of the lawyers to take up the matter was due to the fact that similar allegations had been levelled against the pastor in the past.
We are mindful that such an allegation had, in the past, been levelled against the same individual by a plethora of women, claiming to have had the misfortune of coming in contact with him.
Any reasonable individual must deduce that there is, in fact, a dire concern to be put to rest here by laying the whole truth bare through proactive action.
The failure of Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, now and in the past, to address these allegations and clear the air on his innocence is not just an arrogant disregard of public sensitivity but a dare to the general public, perhaps, to ‘do its worse’.
The issue of rape and sexual abuse is a contextual one with great significance in our laws and culture.
It is not just a ruthless crime but a moral impropriety that must be addressed post-haste for the culprit to face justice so the victim might find succour and respite in the sanction of the law.
At the end of all this rape saga, we really hope it is given a favourable conclusion since we can all agree that cases of sexual immorality shouldn’t be taken with levity. The church is a place of worship and not a place that houses rapist in disguise of being a “spiritual father”.
To Busola Dakolo, you are no doubt one of the strongest women the world has come to know, continue to stay strong and be rest assured that we all stand with you. ✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿