The police in Abuja have said they would require a formal complaint of wrongdoing against pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), who is accused of rape, before they could take criminal action against him.
Premium Times reports that Bala Ciroma, Police commissioner said on Saturday that the police usually require complaints from victims or witnesses or both to proceed with rape charges.
“They should file a formal complaint,” Ciroma said, “and then the police can see how to proceed from there.”
Fatoyinbo, has been making headlines since Friday after a video went online that he allegedly raped Timi Dakolo’s wife, Busola.
Busola told YNaija that she was only 17 when Fatoyinbo came to her family residence in Ilorin and raped her, deflowering her in the process.
Dakolo, now mother of three, said the first encounter happened on a morning when Fatoyinbo knocked on the door of her family home in Ilorin. The family had been a long time member of COZA, and they saw Fatoyinbo as a diligent and decent figure.
“Immediately I opened the door, he just pushed me, he did not say anything, he did not utter any word, he just pushed me to one of the chairs in my living room,” Busola told YNaija.
“I saw him, he was removing his belt, he just said: ‘keep quiet, do what I want you to do and you will be fine,’” Busola said.
Busola said Fatoyinbo told her after the alleged rape that she should be grateful that it was a man of God who did that to her.
She said the preacher raped her the second time within the same week on a deserted road.
She also narrated several unwanted sexual encounters that followed the first incident, all of which she said she had carried as a burden for several years. She said she recently found the confidence to publicly tell her story.