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Rape allegation: I’m still haunted by the damage caused me by Fatoyinbo —Busola Dakolo tells court

20years after alleged rape incident, Busola Dakolo, wife of a popular singer, Timi Dakolo disclosed that she is still haunted by the damage inflicted on her after COZA pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo allegedly raped her when she was a teenager.

In an application filed by Busola’s lawyer before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja, Busola made this disclosure to dismiss the preliminary objection filed against the rape case she instituted against Fatoyinbo in June.

WITHIN NIGERIA gathered that the alleged pastor filed a motion asking the court to strike out the rape case filed against him by Busola on grounds that the allegation is “incompetent and frivolous”.

According to the application, Fatoyinbo argued that the suit should be dismissed without the need to hear it as it had become “Status barred” because the suit was not filed within three years of the occurrence of the event. It is obvious that the case is no longer legally enforceable owing to a prescribed period of limitation having lapsed.

Busola in her repsonse to Fatoyinbo’s application, told the court in a sworn affidavit filed by her counsel, Pelumi Olajengbesi, that the injuries, wrongs and damage done against her by Fatoyinbo continue to haunt her and cause her fresh emotional injury.

“That contrary to paragraph 9(a, g and h) of the applicant’s affidavit, the wrongs, injuries and damage done to her by the applicant (Fatoyinbo) are continuing and that she continues to experience fresh emotional injury from time to time due to the acts of the defendant/applicant,” the counter-affidavit she filed in response to Fatoyinbo’s objection read in part.

Responding to Fatoyinbo’s claim that she released the legal documents of her suit against him to the media, Busola said she never wanted a media coverage adding that the suit was not leaked to the press by her or anyone close to her.

The supporting affidavit read in part,

“That she or anyone acting on her behalf did not give the origination processes of this suit to the press or anybody whatsoever for publication. That she was embarrassed by the several media publications of Monday, September 9, 2019, as relating to the suit as she never wanted any media coverage for the matter and was unpleasantly surprised that same was leaked to the press.”

Busola in June 2019, granted a tell-all interview in which she accused Fatoyinbo of raping her. She has asked him to write a personal apology letter to her showing honest remorse for his action. She has also asked the clergyman to pay the sum of N10 million to her as the cost of prosecuting the case.

Fatoyinbo has since denied the allegation and has accused Busola of trying to extort money from him.

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