Rev. Biodun Fatoyinbo, Global Senior Pastor, Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, has finally reacted to the
allegations of rape levelled against him by Busola Dakolo.
In an official release on Friday and personally signed by him, Biodun Fatoyinbo said that he “had never in his life raped anybody, even as an unbeliever and I am absolutely innocent of this.”
The pastor said he had instructed his lawyers to immediately take up the matter in court to protect his reputation and that of the Church.
Biodun Fatoyinbo also said he was not new to social media attacks such as Busola’s often hurled at him with the aim of extorting money from the Church.
However, he had chosen to ignore such barrage of social media allegations as a policy of the Church and because neither the Church nor himself was named in such social media rumours.
Nonetheless, Biodun Fatoyinbo said he found it compelling to respond to Busola’s accusations because his name was directly mentioned in a criminal manner.
Biodun Fatoyinbo noted that it was true that Busola and members of her family attended his church in Ilorin during the early days of kickoff in 1999.
However, according to Biodun Fatoyinbo:
“I never had any private interactions with her beyond my pastoral duties.”
The pastor further said he was dumbfounded about the allegations considering the status of Busola and her husband.
He said in line with the ethics of journalism, it was expected that he should have been confronted first with the allegations rather than going to press with the intent to ruin his reputation and that of his church.
Thus, “the leadership of the Church and I have briefed our lawyers to commence Criminal and Civil actions against all individuals making such false allegations whether directly or by proxies.”
Biodun Fatoyinbo also opined that he expected more of such “blackmail, harassment and extortion” from mercenaries, some of whom may be past members of the Church dismissed on disciplinary grounds but expressed optimism that the “Lord will vindicate us.”
Biodun Fatoyinbo remarked that such attacks were concocted with the intent to bring down the Church, urging his members to “please stay focused and prayerful.”