Pelumi Olajengbesi, leader of the Coalition of Public Interest Lawyers and Advocates (COPA), stated that at least 24 public interest lawyers had expressed interest in taking up the case of Busola Dakolo against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, of The Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) church, pro bono. He disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday where he described the rape allegation as ”grievous and must therefore not be swept under the carpet.”
Olajengbesi further stated that the decision of the lawyers to take up the case was due to the fact that similar allegations had been levelled against the pastor in the past.
“We are mindful that such an allegation had, in the past, been levelled against the same individual by a plethora of women, claiming to have had the misfortune of coming in contact with him. Any reasonable individual must deduce that there is in fact a dire concern to be put to rest here by laying the whole truth bare through proactive action.
The failure of Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, now and in the past, to address these allegations and clear the air on his innocence is not just an arrogant disregard of public sensitivity but a dare to the general public, perhaps, to ‘do its worse’.
The issue of rape and sexual abuse is a contextual one with a great significance in our laws and culture. “It is not just a ruthless crime but a moral impropriety that must be addressed post-haste for the culprit to face justice so the victim might find succour and respite in the sanction of the law.”