Founder of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) founder Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, refused to appear before the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria(PFN), to answer to allegations of rape levied against him by celebrity photographer, Busola Dakolo.
By this the main body for penticostal churches in Nigeria, of which the pastor is said not to be a member, declared their investigation “inconclusive” adding that Fatoyinbo snubbed several invitations to meet the five-member investigating panel it set up on the matter.
Fatoyinbo, had recently, ended his self-imposed holiday and returned to on the pulpit, to the delight of members of the church.
Reports say, the handsome, notable for his high dress taste and fashion, was welcomed by an ecstatic crowd of church members screaming and jubilating, eager to see him back for the first time since he took the decision to stay away from preaching, on the heels of the dust raised by the allegation by Busola Dakolo, wife of celebrity photographer Timi Dakolo, who claimed she was raped by him at the age of 16.
On the heels of the massive protest that took place at the headquarters of his church in Abuja and Lagos, Fatoyinbo, annouced his decision to step down on July 1, to seek for prayers from the the public, to enable him also “understand all that is happening.”
The statement reads: “The past few days have been sobering for me. I have taken time to pray and seek spiritual counsel from Christian leaders around the world who feel very concerned about the ongoing reports in the media. I have solicited their guidance on actions I should take that are honouring to our Lord Jesus Christ and the work He has called me to do.
“Drawing from their counsel and that of the leadership of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly and owing to my love for God’s work and the sacred honour of my calling, I have decided to take a leave of absence from the pulpit of church.
“Although it would break my heart to tatters to stay a day without doing ministry, I believe it is the right thing to do at this time. It is in the interest of the flock of Christ that issues concerning me do not become a distraction to their worship of their Lord.
“This step enables me to submit to the concerns of my spiritual mentors as they consider all the issues that have been raised against me.
“My confidence in the Lord remains unwavering. Though I do not understand all that is happening, I trust the Lord to lead and guide me one step at a time. Kindly pray for me and the congregation of COZA as we seek the face of the Lord during these turbulent times.”