related Court throws out Busola Dakolo’s suit against Fatoyinbo, awards N1m to the pastor

Court throws out Busola Dakolo’s suit against Fatoyinbo, awards N1m to the pastor

A federal high court in Abuja on Thursday threw out the case filed by Busola Dakolo against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo.

The celebrity photographer and wife of musician, Timi Dakolo, had earlier in the year accused the senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) of raping her when she was a teenager.




 The court sitting at Bwari, Abuja dismissed the case on the ground that it amounts to injustice, and an abuse of judicial process. According to the ruling, the case is empty and purely sentimental.

The presiding judge, Justice Oathman A. Musa, said the case was aimed more at cruelty than obtaining justice.

The court also awarded costs of N1,000,000 against Busola Dakolo and held that the fine should have been 10 times more because the court’s time was wasted.

Recall Fatoyinbo had earlier filed an objection and an affidavit at the Court reiterating that Busola’s statements were false and concocted to embarrass, scandalise and ridicule him.

Mrs. Dakolo, in the suit filed on her behalf by her lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi and Co of Law corridor, demanded that the court declare that the pastor’s denial of his alleged acts contained jointly and/or severally through a press statement he released on June 28, 2019, had caused her continuous emotional distress and amounted to intentional infliction of emotional distress on her.

She told the High Court that the rape had adversely affected her marital sex life and demanded a letter of apology from Fatoyinbo to show remorse action.

However, in a preliminary objection filed through Fatoyinbo’s team of lawyers led by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Iziyon, the cleric, maintained that Busola’s suit was frivolous and statute-barred.

He argued that all the reliefs Busola sought against him in the suit marked CV/2817/18, were not grantable.




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