The Nigerian federal high court sitting in Abuja has served Pastor Fatoyinbo, senior pastor at the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), a summon document to appear in court within 2 weeks.
This was made known in a court summon dated September 6 and reached Haderotakisblog on Monday.
Mrs Busola Dakolo, a celebrity photographer and wife of Timi Dakolo, had previously accused Pastor Fatoyinbo of having sexual relations with her on two occasions back in 2002 when she was still a teenager and naive.
“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 judgement may be given in your absence,” the summon read.
The court documents show that Mrs Dakolo is alleging that the action was an “intentional infliction of emotional distress”.
“An order of this honourable court directing the defendant to publish a clearly worded apology to the claimant on the front page of at least two (2) national newspaper and two national televisions for seven days running consecutively.
“An order of this honourable court directing the defendant to address a personal letter of apology to the claimant, showing honest remorse for his misdeeds.”
After the allegations were made on Pastor Fatoyinbo, there were both social media and physical protests and Fatoyinbo was forced to step down from the altar of the church saying the move would allow him
“submit to the concerns of my spiritual mentors as they consider all the issues that have been raised against me”.
The rape allegation from Mrs Dakolo on Biodun Fatoyinbo has been dragging for months now and also generated mixed feelings on social media community.
Many Nigerian celebrities rallied their supports behind the victim while some are standing with the accused, claiming that Mrs Dakolo story doesn’t add up.
We are hoping the court will help in this regard and finally put the matter to rest.