COZA pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo has revealed why he did not respond to the invitations by PFN panel set to probe the rape accusation by Busola Dakolo and a former staff of the church.
The Founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo has stated his reasons for shunning the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) panel set up to probe the rape allegations against him.
His Senior Assistant, Ademola Adetuberu, in a statement revealed that Fatoyinbo had failed to honour the panel’s invitations because his lawyers realised the sitting might be partial as the christian body before constituting the panel, had disowned him. Although, he plans to appear before the panel after the police might have concluded their investigationn into the rape allegation.
The statement reads
“We recall that when Pastor Fatoyinbo was invited by a phone call few days ago by Pastor Akinola Akinwale, who is the National Administrative Secretary of PFN, we explained that our Pastor would not honour the invitation due to legal advice hinged on the ongoing police investigation.
The legal advice was also premised on the press statement issued and personally signed by the PFN President, Bishop Felix Omobude, where our Pastor was publicly disowned.
Based on the foregoing, we are convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the PFN was already prejudiced and may not conduct an impartial session. According to the report, Rev. Omobude, whom we hold in high esteem, went further to crucify our Pastor without seeking to know his side of the story on the matter.
With all due respect, we consider this a prejudicial position in dispensing justice and fairness. Even our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was given an opportunity for a fair hearing by the Kangaroo panel set up with the prime motive of condemning Him to death.
“Once the police investigation is over, our Pastor is ready to honour the invitation. We have also been legally advised to deploy judicial intervention to clear our Pastor as soon as possible, and the process has commenced in earnest.” the statement read