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Rape: Why I Listed Mathew Ashimolowo As Witness-Busola Dakolo



Busola Dakolo

Busola Dakolo has listed Mathew Ashimolowo, the Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), as one of the witnesses in a rape case she filed against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of Commonwealth Wealth Zion Assembly (COZA).

Dakolo had alleged that Pastor Fatoyinbo raped her several years ago when she was 17 years old, and resided in Ilorin, Kwara State.

The listing of Ashimolowo as a witness follows his surprise visit to Fatoyinbo at COZA headquarters in Abuja and a summon by an Abuja High Court.

Mathew Ashimolowo

The court in a writ of summons obtained on Monday dated September 6, ordered Fatoyinbo to appear before it within 14 days of the service or judgement may be given in his absence.

“You are hereby commanded that within fourteen (14) days after the service of this writ on you, inclusive of the day of such service you do cause an appearance to be entered for you, in an action of Mrs Busola Dakolo.

“And take notice that in default, the claimant may proceed, and judgement may be given in your absence,” the summon read.

While the main reason for naming Ashimolowo as a witness remains a mystery, there a those who believe he might have known about the rape when it took place years back.

Speculation that he might have given Busola spiritual support when the incident happened several years ago has also been speculated.

Busola, through her lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, is seeking a clearly worded apology to be published on the front page of at least two national newspapers and two national televisions for seven days running consecutively.

She is also asking for N10 million as cost of action against Fatoyinbo.

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