The leadership of Common Wealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) has said that the attacks on its founder, Biodun Fatoyinbo, are the handiwork of pastors who feel threatened by the church’s growth.

Pastor Fatoyinbo has been in the murky waters of scandalous rape tales since July when Busola Dakolo, a celebrity photographer and wife of Timi Dakolo, Nigerian musician, accused him of raping her when she was 16 going on 17.

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Busola Dakore, Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo

But COZA leaders in recent reaction said pastor Fatoyinbo is a victim of “organised blackmail.”


Ademola Adetuberu, Executive Senior Assistant to Pastor Fatoyinbo, said this in a statement made available to media.

“We see this ugly development fuelled by envy and sheer jealousy as an unnecessary distraction and a fight from the pit of hell against the ministry that God gave Rev Biodun Fatoyinbo, as well as the declaration of war against the Church of Christ to which COZA is a flourishing branch under God’s grace,” his statement read.

“Following unprovoked satanic campaign of calumny orchestrated against the leadership and members of COZA by agents of darkness. We are not unaware that certain pastors who feel threatened by the unprecedented growth of COZA and the grace of God upon His servant are after some of our members,” the statement said.

COZA, however, said it does not support rape or sexual molestation in any form. It said it, in fact, stood with rape victims, as well as with Fatoyinbo, who it said was a victim of organised blackmail.

Adetuberu also said Busola Dakolo, who instituted a rape allegation suit against the embattled cleric, would soon face justice. He insisted that Fatoyinbo had no intimate relationship with her.

The statement is coming a day after Fatoyinbo asked an Abuja High Court to dismiss the suit instituted against him by his accuser.

Fatoyinbo’s request is stated in his preliminary objection dated September 20 which was filed through his lawyer, Alex Izinyon.

He also said he wants an order of the court to dismiss the suit for “being statute barred and incompetent.”

He also said Mrs Dakolo’s case against him is an abuse of judicial process. He further prayed for an award cost of N50 million to be paid to him.

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Mrs Dakolo had earlier approached the court to seek redress in the allegation made against Mr Fatoyinbo.

Following an application, dated September 6, by Mrs. Dakolo through her lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi & Co., the court ordered Pastor Fatoyinbo or his counsel to appear before it within 14 days after receiving the summons by the court.

In the application, Mrs Dakolo had wanted Pastor Fatoyinbo to issue a public apology and pay her N10million as the cost of instituting the suit against him for the alleged sex molestation committed in 2002.