I Was Forced By Police To Sign Letter Countering Rape Case — Busola Dakolo

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Busola Dakolo, celebrity photographer, says she was forced by police at gun-point to sign a document countering her rape allegations against Biodun Fatoyinbo, senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) church.

Busola, wife of Timi Dakolo, Nigerian singer, had alleged that
the pastor had sexual relations with her when she was 16 going on 17 in
Ilorin.

In an interview with UK Guardian , she narrated how she was
forced into a van by some armed men who mandated her to speak with their
superior officer in Pidgin language.

She also recounted how she was handed a document containing
allegations of “criminal conspiracy, falsehood, mischief and threat to
life” to sign.

According to her, the contents of the letter were not levelled against Fatoyinbo but against she and her husband.

“One was holding a gun and the second, a letter. They told me
they were from IG’s (inspector general of police) office in Abuja and
that I needed to sign this letter and acknowledge it,” Dakolo said.

The incident, she said, occurred after a tinted mini bus followed her while she was driving into her home in Lagos.

On July 23, Dakolo and her husband were invited by the special
tactical squad of the inspector general of police (IGP) for questioning
over allegations of “falsehood and criminal conspiracy,” albeit, without
extending the gesture to Fatoyinbo.

“Our culture doesn’t allow speaking of these sorts of things
against anointed men of God. They’d rather hide it, and the party that
is being victimized tends to live with that self-blame,” she said.

“The damage on the survivor is extremely terrible but the society, the church, keeps sweeping things under the carpet.”

Meanwhile, Fatoyinbo returned to the pulpit on August 4 — a month after stepping aside for the issue to be investigated.

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