Biodun Fatoyinbo, the senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), has asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, to dismiss the suit filed by Busola Dakolo, the wife of Timi Dakolo, demanding N50m as damages in the process.
Naija News recalls that the wife of the musician had in an interview in June accused the COZA Pastor of raping her while she was a teenager.
This online news platform understands that Busola demanded that the COZA Pastor publishes an apology to her on the front page of at least two national newspapers, noting that the apology should also run on two national television stations for seven days running consecutively.
However, in a preliminary objection dated, September 20, the COZA Pastor called for the dismissal of Busola Dakolo’s suit, saying it was grossly incompetent.
In a preliminary objection dated, September 20, Fatoyinbo called for the dismissal of Busola Dakolo’s suit, saying it was grossly incompetent.
Pastor Fatoyinbo further argued that the court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain a suit that is frivolous and amounted to “palpable abuse of court process”.
The COZA Pastor in a 14-paragraphed affidavit that was deposed to by one Ademola Adetuberu who identified himself as executive senior assistant to Fatoyinbo, the clergyman told the court that the substratum of the claimant’s suit was “the mere purported allegation of emotional and psychological distress as a result of the said purported mere allegation of rape against the Defendant”.
Pastor Fatoyinbo told the court that Busola and her lawyer had after they filed the suit, leaked the documents to both electronic and print media organizations, with the story widely shared on the internet “to embarrass and scandalize the defendant”.
COZA Pastor in his counter-claim prayed the court to award a cost of N50m, jointly and severally against the claimant and her solicitor.