The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Thursday said the embattled Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo, shunned the body by failing to appear before its panel investigating the rape allegation against him.
Celebrity photographer Busola Dakolo had accused Fatoyinbo of raping her 20 years ago in Ilorin, Kwara State, when she was 16 years old.
But the clergyman has since denied the allegation, saying he had never forced himself on any woman in his life.
Concise News had reported that the supreme Christian body in Nigeria, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), had given the PFN two weeks to submit the report of its probe.
Speaking to newsmen on Thursday, PFN’s National Publicity Secretary, Bishop Emma Isongm, disclosed that Fatoyinbo ignored the panel.
PFN spokesman, while declaring the investigation ‘inconclusive’, stated however that Busola and her musician husband, Timi Dakolo, appeared before the panel.
The PFN had said that it would not shield pastors who take undue advantage of their congregants.
PFN President, Rev. Felix Omobude, made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Benin, the Edo State capital.
In response to the rape allegations against the COZA pastor, Omobude said the PFN was saddened and disturbed by the allegations of criminal conduct and serial impropriety that have been made against the embattled man of God, but added that “the PFN will not shield anyone who crosses the line.
“The PFN is utterly shocked at these allegations, as the acts that have been alleged are not only criminal in nature but antithetical to the tenets of Christianity and a violent breach of the trust that ought to exist between members of the congregation and a Minister of the Gospel,” he said.
Condemning in strong terms the allegations leveled against Fatoyinbo, Omobude, however, expressed the support and prayers of the PFN for him.
“We strongly condemn this ignoble and bastardy conduct as alleged against Pastor Fatoyinbo. Our prayers, thoughts, and support are with all those who have fallen victim as have been reported,” he said.
“PFN strongly believes in the pursuit of truth and will ensure that truth is unveiled in this whole matter and appropriate sanctions served.
“Although Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo has, not in the past subscribed to the PFN, we recognize that he is a Pentecostal Pastor.”