UPDATE: Protest hits COZA PASTOR’S Church over Rape, CAN breaks Silence

By: Oluwatosin Adesola

Protesters this morning converged on NNPC filling station at Guzape over rape allegations levelled against the Founder and Global Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Biodun Fatoyinbo.

Some of the placards held by protesters read ‘We are watching you,’ ‘Your Pastor is not your God,’ ‘Thou shall not rape’ and ‘No to sexual abuse in my church’ among others with the hashtag ‘#ChurchToo.’

The protesters, including one of the leaders of the Bring Back Our Girls movement, Aisha Yesufu, could be seen wearing white in solidarity with victims of rape.

Pix: Pastor, Dakolo & wife.

This follows allegations of rape against Fatoyinbo by Busola Dakolo, photographer and wife of inspirational singer, Timi Dakolo.

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria says it has reached out to the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria over the allegations of rape levelled against the Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo.

The Special Assistant, Media and Communications to the CAN President, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, said this in a statement on Saturday.

Fatoyinbo had been accused of rape by Busola Dakolo, wife of musician, Timi Dakolo.

Some other alleged victims have also come forward, accusing the pastor of rape, an allegation Fatoyinbo has denied.

However, CAN said it would get to the root of the matter.

The statement read in part, “The Christian Association of Nigeria as a body, condemns any case of rape in strong terms, it doesn’t matter who is involved.

“It is ungodly, wicked, and reprehensible. However, on the allegations against Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo, we have no details about the matter other than what we are reading on the social media, this is not reliable and credible evidence enough to jump into a conclusion.

“The CAN Leadership, therefore, has reached out to the leadership of the block which the Pastor in question belongs with a view to getting to the root of the matter. This will help us to make the right decision on the issue.”

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