COZA: Pastor Ashimolowo to testify against Biodun Fatoyinbo

COZA: Busola lists Ashimolowo as witness in rape case.

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An FCT High Court may
subpoena the Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre, Pastor
Matthew Ashimolowo, as he has been listed among the witnesses Busola Dakolo
will be using to establish her case in the suit against the Senior Pastor of
Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Biodun Fatoyinbo.
Mrs. Busola Dakolo, wife of
Nigeria’s inspirational singer, Timi Dakolo, had sued the Founder and Senior
Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Biodun Fatoyinbo, over a rape
allegation.
The FCT High Court in a writ
of summons obtained on Monday by the News
Agency of Nigeria, 
dated September 6 and served on Fatoyinbo, ordered
the accused to appear before it within 14 days of the service or judgment may
be given in his absence.

“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 judgment may be given in your absence,”
the Fatoyinbo summon read.
Busola, through her lawyer,
Pelumi Olajengbesi & Co., is seeking the order of the court to compel
Fatoyinbo to publish a clearly worded apology to Busola on the front page of at
least two (2) national newspapers and two national televisions for seven days
running consecutively.
Busola had, two months ago,
made a shocking revelation in a detailed interview with Chude Jideonwo, a
lawyer and journalist, of how the Abuja-based cleric raped her as a teenager.
She claimed that Fatoyinbo had
sexual intercourse with her on September 23 and 26, 2002, caused her continuous
emotional distress amounting to intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The viral video had set social
media and other online platforms on fire, evoking shock, backlash and
criticisms from Nigerians, especially the Christian community.
It will be recalled that
Pastor Fatoyinbo was detained during interrogation over the rape allegation at
the Force Headquarters in Abuja in August. He was eventually released on
bail.
Meanwhile
Mr Fatoyinbo reacted to the news of the court summons; he said he could only
obey the reported order of the court if formally served the writ of summons.
“The only thing we know about the suit is what
has been circulated online. The pastor has not received any court summons. We
were only told about a report in the media that he is to appear in court within
14 days.

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