Monday, 1 July 2019

COZA pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo, steps down following rape allegations

The founder and senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo, has step aside from the pulpit of the church following rape allegations

Pastor Fatoyinbo has been in the news since Friday after Busola Dakolo, a celebrity photographer and wife of singer Timi Dakolo, accused him of raping her twice when she was 16.

Though Fatoyinbo had denied the allegations, protesters stormed the church in Abuja and Lagos branch asking the pastor to step down.

In a statement released on Monday, Fatoyinbo said the move was the advice of his mentors.

“I have taken time to pray and seek spiritual counsel from Christian leaders around the world who feel very concerned about the ongoing reports in the media,” the statement read.

“I have solicited their guidance on actions I should take that is honouring to our Lord Jesus Christ and the work he has called me to do.

“Drawing from their counsel and that of the leadership of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly and owing to my love for God’s work and the sacred honour of my calling, I have decided to take a leave of absence from the pulpit of the church.

“This step enables me to submit to the concerns of my spiritual mentors as they consider all the issues that have been raised against me.

“Though I do not understand all that is happening, I trust the Lord to lead and guide me one step at a time.”

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