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Rape accused pastor back in the pulpit

Publish date: 12 August 2019
Issue Number: 836
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Nigeria

The return of a flamboyant Nigerian pastor to his church a month after a celebrity photographer accused him of raping her twice has sparked an outcry. As previously reported in Legalbrief Today, Busola Dakolo claims Biodun Fatoyinbo of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly raped her as a teenager, prompting protests at branches of the church. The pastor has denied the accusation, and subsequently took a leave of absence. ‘He has clearly shown he doesn't care about what his colleagues think ... now what are they going to do?’ Yemi Adamolekun, spokesperson of the Not in My Church movement, told the BBC. Women's rights activist Laila St Matthew-Daniel also criticised Pastor Biodun's return to the pulpit. ‘For someone answering to a rape allegation, he should have stayed away. His attitude is not strange in this country where impunity reigns. Sex and domestic violence offenders constantly pull strings and go scot free,’ she said.

Full BBC News report