Busola Dakolo

Busola Dakolo, the wife of popular Nigerian artiste, Timi Dakolo has revealed how she allegedly survived a rape ordeal in the hands of the founder and Senior Pastor of The Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo.

Mr. Fatoyinbo, who has also been implicated in several sexual scandals runs the Abuja headquarters of his church along with his wife, Modele.

In a YouTube interview with Chude Jideonwo which was published on Friday by YNaija, Mrs. Dakolo explained that she was raped at two different times in a week by Fatoyinbo while she was a member of the church. 

The interview comes after her husband, Timi called out the pastor over his alleged sexual relationship with female members of his church, and even encouraged other victims who have gone through the experience to speak up.

She alleged that the pastor raped her for the first time at her parent’s home and at another time in a secluded road path. She said she lost her virginity to the incident which happened before she turned 18.

Her words: “Fatoyinbo showed up at our house unannounced. It was a Monday morning and I was still in my nightgown. My mother had travelled with my sisters and were absent at service the previous Sunday.

“He didn’t say a word, forced me onto a chair, speaking only to command me to do as he said. It took me a while to come to terms with what was about to happen and it was why I didn’t struggle or make a fuss when he pulled down my underwear and raped me.”

She added that he did not say anything after the encounter but went to his car, returned with a bottle of Krest and forced her to drink it, probably as some crude contraceptive.

She said she recalled him saying: “You should be happy that a man of God did this to you”, adding that at that time, his wife had just given birth to their first child, Oluwashindara.

Mrs. Dakolo stressed that she spoke up because her husband put up a social media post on Instagram, accusing the Nigerian clergy of condoning rape and sexual assault.

She said some people had approached her husband anonymously about the pastor targeting underage girls for sexual relationships and he felt obligated to publicly speak on their behalf.

She further disclosed that she was motivated to speak up about the incident after another anonymous social media post insinuated that she had been promiscuous as a teenager and had affairs with pastors when she lived in Ilorin and questioned the paternity of her children.

In 2013, the flamboyant pastor was also entangled in an allegation of infidelity with Ese Walter, a former member of the church.

Ms. Walter had set social media buzzing after she alleged in a blog post that she had a week-long sexual relationship with the pastor during his visit to London.

According to Ms. Walter, after arranging for a taxi to pick up Fatoyinbo from the airport during his visit to London, the pastor invited her to his hotel and offered her alcohol.

Ms. Walter, who admitted that the relationship was consensual however said she felt abused and manipulated by Fatoyinbo and the nonchalant manner the leadership of the church handled the issue after she raised it with another pastor in the church.