COZA Suffers Fresh Blow As BOT Member Resigns Over Rape Allegations

Letter of Resignation from COZA by Pastor Banigbe

The Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) has suffered another setback amidst rape allegations leveled against its pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo as Pastor Obafemi Banigbe, a Board of Trustees Member has announced his resignation.

This comes after the Dakolos held a press conference where they addressed rumors circulating about them and the allegations of rape they brought against Fatoyinbo.

Pastor Banigbe, in a letter dated July 19th, 2019, communicated his intention to resign from his post on the board of Trustees with immediate effect.

The letter read in part, “I hereby render my resignation as a registered member of the board of trustees for Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, COZA with immediate effect and for personal reasons.

“I have not been able to function as a board member, including participating in any decision making or governance meetings focused on matters patterning to the wellbeing of the church.”

Letter of Resignation from COZA by Pastor Banigbe

Meanwhile, Chude Jidenwo, the reporter who interviewed Busola Dakolo and first broke this seismic story has said that the photographer is ready for the fallout from her allegations and is ready to see it through.

The last number of weeks have been testing for the Dakolos with allegations and counter allegations and even an invitation by the Police, but through it all, they have been very measured and considerate in how they have dealt with all the furore.

Speaking on Linda Ikeji TV, Jideonwo said, in a fairly long interview, that there is no agenda against COZA or the church in the general as even the Bible pointed out that the church cannot be overcome by mere humans.

He also pointed out that to those who are questioning the timing of the allegations, lawmakers who put the statute of limitation on rape at 20 years knew what they were doing and that rape apart from being difficult to prove is also a situation that requires a great deal of mental fortitude from the victim and that such fortitude comes with time.

You can watch the full interview below.

 

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