Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of COZA, on Friday, approached a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting at Bwari, adducing reasons why the suit alleging that he forcefully raped Busola, wife of celebrity musician, Timi Dakolo in 2002, should be dismissed.
In a preliminary objection he filed through his team of lawyers led by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Iziyon, the cleric maintained that Busola’s suit was frivolous and statute-barred.
He argued that all the reliefs Busola sought against him in the suit marked CV/2817/18, were not grantable.
Mrs. Dakolo had in a Writ of Summons she filed before the court on September 6, alleged that the COZA pastor had on September 23, 2002, raped her.
The claimant equally alleged that the defendant sexually abused her again on September 26, 2002.
Aside praying the court to direct the defendant to publish a “clearly worded apology” to her on the front page of at least two National Newspapers and two National Televisions for seven days running consecutively, Mrs. Dakolo, aslo demanded that the defendant should be compelled to address a personal letter of apology to her showing honest remorse “for his misdeeds”.
More so, she prayed the court to award her a cost of N10million. Meanwhile, in his preliminary objection, pastor Fatoyinbo maintained that the suit was grossly incompetent.
He further argued that the court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain a suit that is frivolous and amounted to “palpable abuse of court process”.
He told the court that Mrs. Dakolo and her lawyer had after they filed the suit, leaked the documents to both electronic and print media organizations, with the story widely shared on the internet “to embarrass and scandalize the Defendant”.
Consequently, in his counter-claim, Pastor Fatoyinbo prayed the court to award a cost of N50m, jointly and severally against the Claimant and her Solicitor.