“How I was forced at gun-point to sign document countering rape allegation against Fatoyinbo” Busola Dakolo

Celebrity photographer, Busola Dakolo, has recounted how she was coerced by police at gun-point to sign a letter countering her rape allegations against pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo.

Busola, wife of singer Timi Dakolo, had alleged that the senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) church, had sexual relations with her when she was 16 in Ilorin

In an interview with UK Guardian, she narrated how she was forced into a van by some armed men.

She said a tinted mini bus followed her while she was driving into her home in Lagos. By the time she got to her gate, the minibus had blocked her path. A man appeared and told her to get out of the car, get into the bus and speak to his boss.

Mrs Dakolo said when she refused, three men got out of the minibus and walked towards her.

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

“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,” Busola said.

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

Mrs Dakolo said it was “extremely intimidating and frightening” to have a gunman emerge from a darkened minibus.

“Is this what everybody goes through, everyone that comes out to say their truth, everybody that says something about someone that is influential?” she asked. “I felt: who’s going to be there for the common man? Who is going to be there for someone who nobody knows?”

On July 23, Busola 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 the accused, 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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