Alleged rape: Why COZA’s Pastor Fatoyinbo stepped aside

Indications emerged on Monday that embattled Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) founder, Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, may have been forced by his spiritual father to step down over the rape allegation against him.

Fatoyinbo announced his stepping aside from pastoral duties in the church, a move that followed Sunday’s cancellation of the church’s Seven Days of Glory (7DGs) programme, which was billed to feature international pastors of repute.

While Nigerians on social media applauded the move by Fatoyinbo and attributed same to the protests against him in Lagos and Abuja branches of the church, a statement by Senior Pastor of Covenant Christian Centre (CCC) Poju Oyemade insinuated the embattled cleric acted in reverence to his spiritual leader.

Oyemade, who said he was heartbroken and could not complete the video in which Fatoyinbo’s accuser Mrs. Busola Dakolo narrated her ordeal, explained how he contacted the unnamed Christian leader Fatoyinbo respects.

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