Appear within 14 days or risk judgement in absentia, court tells COZA pastor

By David Olalekan.

The Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja has summoned the senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) Biodun Fatoyinbo to appear before it within 14 days or judgement may be given in his absence.

The document dated September 6 and spotted by TheCable on Monday, reads: “You are hereby commanded that within fourteen (14) days after the service of this writ on you, inclusive of the day of such service you do cause an appearance to be entered for you, in an action of Mrs. Busola Dakolo; and take notice that in default the claimant may proceed, and judgement may be given in your absence.”

Recall that Pastor Fatoyinbo was accused by Mrs Busola Dakolo of allegedly defiling her in 2002 when she was a teenager.

Mrs Dakolo, in a suit filed on her behalf at the Federal High Court, Abuja by her lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi narrated the rape incident.

She said: “The claimant avers that she was immediately terrified and in shock while the defendant pinned her down on the couch following which he caressed her body, fondled her breasts, pulled her pant, quickly half-pulled his trousers and ordered her to allow him have his way with her.

“The claimant avers that the defendant in the process used his hand to cover her mouth, thereby muffling her screams. The claimant avers that the defendant made efforts to penetrate her vagina, whilst she struggled to fight him off; however, the defendant overpowered her and penetrated her vagina and had sexual intercourse with her.

“The claimant avers that while she was in shock of the incident which had rendered her befuddled and mortified, the defendant rushed out of the living room area of her family home and briefly returned with a bottle of soda (Krest) which he forced down her throat thereby making her breathing difficult.”

Citing ‘intentional infliction of emotional distress’, Mrs Dakolo demanded an apology from Pastor Fatoyinbo, which is to be published on the front page of two national dailies and national televisions.

“An order of this honourable court directing the defendant to publish a clearly worded apology to the claimant on the front page of at least two (2) national newspaper and two national televisions for seven days running consecutively.

“An order of this honourable court directing the defendant to address a personal letter of apology to the claimant, showing honest remorse for his misdeeds”, Dakolo’s lawyer said.

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