Busola Dakolo, the wife of musician Timi Dakolo, has denied demanding monetary compensation from the senior pastor of Commonwealth Of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo over the rape incident that occurred when she was a teenager.
KanyiDaily had earlier reported that Busola sued Pastor Fatoyinbo at the FCT High Court over an alleged sexual assault by him when she was 17.
However, some people who claimed the whole rape saga was all about money, accused her of demanding N10million compensation from the embattled pastor as seen in her lawsuit circulating the social media.
Following the controversy, her lawyer Pelumi Olajengbesi in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, clarified that the N10m quoted by the media is the cost of the action carried out by her legal team. Olajengbesi said:
“Following the misinformation being circulated in print and social media on the pending suit filed by our client, it has become imperative to address and clarify the true state of affairs.
“The Nigeria Police Force is still investigating the allegation of rape made by our client against the person of Biodun Fatoyinbo.
“In furtherance of the Police investigation, the suspect (Biodun Fatoyinbo) was confronted by the complainant (our client) on September 5, 2019 at the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Area 10, Abuja, during an investigation conference presided over by Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mike Ogbizi.
“The Police therefore has not taken anyone to court.
“However, our client, in furtherance of her civil rights, and in line with constitutional provisions, filed a civil suit against Biodun Fatoyinbo on September 6, 2019.
“The civil suit is independent of the criminal allegations and/or investigation of the Police.
“The suit has been the subject of several news headlines, albeit with a lot of misleading information. This missive is aimed at clarifying the misinformation and setting the records straight.
“First, our client filed the civil suit against Biodun Fatoyinbo on September 6, 2019 at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and not the Federal High Court, as widely reported.
“As at the time of filing the suit, the same was yet to be assigned to a judge for hearing.
“Secondly, the court did not issue any summons on our client and the fourteen (14) days given to the defendant (Biodun Fatoyinbo), within which to enter appearance to the writ of summons commences from the date of personal service of said suit on the person of Biodun Fatoyinbo and this certainly will be after the matter has been assigned to a judge.
“Thirdly, our client has not sought any monetary damages and/or compensation against Biodun Fatoyinbo in her reliefs.
“This is because our client’s reason for filing the civil suit against Biodun Fatoyinbo is, inter alia, for the court to make pronouncements on her rights as well as Biodun’s liabilities and also, to help other victims of sexual, physical and emotional abuse gain the courage to confront their abusers, no matter how highly placed they may be.
“Importantly, the N10m quoted by the media is the cost of the action carried out by her lawyers, to wit, litigation fee.
“Finally, we would like to state that it is against the ethics of the legal profession to make statements on the substance of the matter that is still pending in court.
“In view of this, we cannot make statements on other important issues surrounding the action.”