Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Samuel Uche, has sided with the embattled founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo over the rape allegation levelled against him by celebrity photographer, Busola Dakolo.
Uche who made his view on the matter public in an interview with V.T.N Business Delight on Silverbird Television, described the allegation is an attempt to blackmail and tarnish the image of Fatoyinbo.
He said, “Some allegations are foolish. From my way of analysing things, there is no truth in such attempt.”
“You say somebody raped you and after 16 years, you are out to report. What is wrong? Maybe you demanded money or you wanted some payment and the person is not able to give you, and then you chose to blackmail the person. Why do you punish somebody for a sin committed 16 years ago?
“Our Lord Jesus Christ says any sinner that believes is forgiven. He called us and he said repent for the kingdom of God is at hand. How do you go and tarnish the image of a man who committed something some years ago. Is it relevant?”
It will be recalled that last month, Busola, wife of Timi Dakolo, Nigeria’s popular singer had in an interview that went viral, alleged that Fatoyinbo raped her when she was 16 in Ilorin, Kwara state.
Since then, another church member and former worker in an interview also claimed she was raped by the pastor at his home outside the country.
Fatoyinbo has since denied ever raping any woman, not even as an unbeliever.