Busola Dakolo has said she’s still haunted by the damage inflicted on her after COZA pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo, allegedly raped her when she was a teenager.
Busola stated this in an application filed before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja to dismiss the preliminary objection filed against the rape case she instituted against Fatoyinbo in June.
The clergyman on September 20, 2019 filed a motion asking the court to strike out the rape case filed against him by Busola on grounds that the allegation is “incompetent and frivolous”.
Pastor Fatoyinbo argued that since the suit wasn’t filed within three years of the occurrence of the event complained about, the suit should be dismissed without the need to hear it as it had become ”statute barred”, that is, a case that is no longer legally enforceable owing that a prescribed period of limitation has lapsed.
Busola in her repsonse to Fatoyinbo’s application, told the court in a sworn affidavit filed by her counsel, Pelumi Olajengbesi, that the injuries, wrongs and damage done against her by Fatoyinbo continued to haunt her and cause her fresh emotional injury.
“That contrary to paragraph 9(a, g and h) of the applicant’s affidavit, the wrongs, injuries and damage done to her by the applicant (Fatoyinbo) are continuing and that she continues to experience fresh emotional injury from time to time due to the acts of the defendant/applicant,” the counter-affidavit she filed in response to Fatoyinbo’s objection read in part.
Responding to Fatoyinbo’s claim that she released the legal documents of her suit against him to the media, Busola said she never wanted a media coverage adding that the suit was not leaked to the press by her or anyone close to her.
The supporting affidavit read in part, “That she or anyone acting on her behalf did not give the origination processes of this suit to the press or anybody whatsoever for publication. That she was embarrassed by the several media publications of Monday, September 9, 2019, as relating to the suit as she never wanted any media coverage for the matter and was unpleasantly surprised that same was leaked to the press.”
Busola in June 2019, granted a tell-all interview in which she accused Fatoyinbo of raping her. She has asked him to write a personal apology letter to her showing honest remorse for his action. She has also asked the clergyman to pay the sum of N10 million to her as the cost of prosecuting the case.
Fatoyinbo has since denied the allegation and has accused Busola of trying to extort money from him.