Less than a week after Busola Dakolo, wife of Timi Dakolo, Nigerian singer, accused Biodun Fatoyinbo, senior pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) of raping her, a former staff of the church has made similar claims, TheCable reports.
In an anonymous interview with Chude Jideonwo of YNaija, same platform where Busola had made her narrations, the lady, pseudo named ‘X’, said the incident happened in 2017 beyond the shores of Nigeria.
She said Fatoyinbo had invited her to his house where she was working for the church when he allegedly raped her.
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“I was living in one of the cities where the church was located. He was my boss, I did church and personal errands for them. It wasn’t like it was the first time that I was going to be at their house or go do something for them,” she said.
“He asked me to meet him at the house. It was a Thursday morning. It was supposed to be usual instruction. At this time, he was someone who I considered not just to be a mentor but a father figure. I was comfortable because I know that house.”
The lady also said they were seated side by side on the same couch when Fatoyinbo suddenly began to make sexual moves towards her.
She said she tried to fight him off but he overpowered her and “kept on going”, telling her to “just relax”.
“Everything moved quickly from there and then he started trying to pull me to a hug and of course trying to kiss me which I found shocking,” she said.
“All I can remember saying is that ‘you can’t do that, you have to stop’. I had a navy blue high waist jean trouser on and he started to take that off.
“He flipped from the sweet amazing person who was my mentor to someone I could barely recognise and then switched back to someone who cared about how I was feeling.
“For the first time, I saw a completely different person from who we knew or who I thought I knew.”
She described Fatoyinbo as a weak person “with an appearance of strength”
“With him, what you see is not what you get. He tries to appear as someone who not just understands the word but does the word but the person I met that day was completely different,” she said.
According to her, Fatoyinbo apologised after the alleged rape, and she had to keep working with him and the church.
X further alleged that Modele, Fatoyinbo’s wife, is complicit in the rape allegations.
She explained that she was an ordinary member of the church for about five years until Modele made contact with her and brought her (X) close to the family.
She said everything done to bring her into the family was deliberate.
“She would have someone call me to the house to maybe do something for her and then it moved from that to me helping then tack care of their son, Ephraim, the last one…until she made me an offer to go to some other country where they (the kids) were going to be schooling at. They don’t give anyone access to their kids,” she said.
“I have had a lot of personal encounter with them both enough to know that, I don’t think she is unaware. I am willing to bet money on the fact that she is not unaware. I don’t think it was a coincidence that she was the one who pulled me in. She is the one who made that happen. I think that there is a pattern there.
“I became a member of the church in 2009. I was a member of the music group, Avalanche and moved out of Nigeria when the church offered her a job in another country.”
She said Fatoyinbo had reached out to her to apologise again shortly after Timi Dakolo made an Instagram post of an Abuja pastor who sexually assaulted teenage girls.
According to her, “he knew something was coming and was trying to tie up loose ends”.
Fatoyinbo had denied the allegation labelled against him by Busola. His wife has also defended him, saying her husband is innocent.