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I Didn’t Demand N10m Compensation From Pastor Fatoyinbo — Busola Dakolo

Busola Dakolo has made a clarification on the N10m compensation
quoted by the media as part of her demand in her lawsuit against the
founder of Commowealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo,
who she accused of raping her when she was 18. 

The celebrity photographer denied seeking monetary claim for damages
or compensation in the lawsuit she filed against Pastor Biodun
Fatoyinbo at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Busola’s lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi in a statement he released stated
that the “N10m compensation” is the cost of the action carried out by
her lawyers, to wit, litigation fee.

“Following the misinformation being circulated in print and social
media on the pending suit filed by our client, it has become imperative
to address and clarify the true state of affairs.

“The Nigeria Police Force is still investigating the allegation of
rape made by our client against the person of Biodun Fatoyinbo.

“In furtherance of the Police investigation, the suspect (Biodun
Fatoyinbo) was confronted by the complainant (our client) on September
5, 2019 at the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Area 10, Abuja,
during an investigation conference presided over by Deputy Inspector
General of Police, Mike Ogbizi.

“The Police therefore has not taken anyone to court.

“However, our client, in furtherance of her civil rights, and in line
with constitutional provisions, filed a civil suit against Biodun
Fatoyinbo on September 6, 2019.

“The civil suit is independent of the criminal allegations and/or investigation of the Police.

“The suit has been the subject of several news headlines, albeit with
a lot of misleading information. This missive is aimed at clarifying
the misinformation and setting the records straight.

“First, our client filed the civil suit against Biodun Fatoyinbo on
September 6, 2019 at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory,
Abuja, and not the Federal High Court, as widely reported.

“As at the time of filing the suit, the same was yet to be assigned to a judge for hearing.

“Secondly, the court did not issue any summons on our client and the
fourteen (14) days given to the defendant (Biodun Fatoyinbo), within
which to enter appearance to the writ of summons commences from the date
of personal service of said suit on the person of Biodun Fatoyinbo and
this certainly will be after the matter has been assigned to a judge.

“Thirdly, our client has not sought any monetary damages and/or compensation against Biodun Fatoyinbo in her reliefs.

“This is because our client’s reason for filing the civil suit against Biodun Fatoyinbo is, inter alia,
for the court to make  pronouncements on her rights as well as Biodun’s
liabilities and also, to help other victims of sexual, physical and
emotional abuse gain the courage to confront their abusers, no matter
how highly placed they may be.

“Importantly, the N10m quoted by the media is the cost of the action carried out by her lawyers, to wit, litigation fee.

“Finally, we would like to state that it is against the ethics of the
legal profession to make statements on the substance of the matter that
is still pending in court.

“In view of this, we cannot make statements on other important issues surrounding the action.”

Posted by on September 9, 2019.

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