The ruling on the case between Busola Dakolo, the wife of singer Timi Dakolo and Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) has triggered diverse reactions from Nigerians.
Busola Dakolo‘s rape suit against Pastor Fatoyinbo of COZA was ruled out by a High Court in Bwari, Abuja on Thursday.
This is coming after Fatoyinbo filed an objection and affidavit maintaining that Busola’s claim was to tarnish his image.
The celebrity photographer had accused Fatoyinbo of raping her on two different occasions in 2002 in her family house when she was a teenager.
According to Fatoyinbo, the photographer had contacted the press before making the accusation and brought the civil action even while the Police’s investigation was ongoing.
However, in her judgement, Justice Oathman Musa held that the matter amounted to injustice, describing the case as an abuse of judicial process.
She added that the case was empty and purely sentimental, as the case was aimed more at cruelty than obtaining justice.
The court also ordered Busola to pay N1 million for “cruelty to the pastor” and held that the fine should have been 10 times more because the court’s time was wasted.
The celebrity photographer had sued Fatoyinbo, demanding that the COZA Pastor publishes an apology to her on the front page of at least two national newspapers, noting that the apology should also run on two national television stations for seven days running consecutively.
In reaction to the situation on ground , Nigerians ,both those who support Busola Dakolo, and those against the Pastor had these to say on Instagram ;
“What am i hearing ???Please you have to take the case to court of appeal.That Pastor can’t just rape you and go Scot free.Never!!!”
“Wow Fatoyinbo won the the civil case?when you should have kept mute. You see your life now. Anyway go and pay the 1million onigbese!”
” @busoladakolo @timdakolo how market today nah!Even this umbrella you are holding cannot save you o!you will know that God cannot be mocked ! Anybody can call on the name of Jesus but victory validates the anointed.”
“Audio rape how be you na shey body don tell you and your husband”
“We believe in you and your story has inspired so many,much love @busoladakolo”
“Sorry that Nigeria failed you.You have started the war and we will keep the fire burning! Thank you for everything!”