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COZA: CAN again, expresses concern over rape allegations

COZA: CAN again, expresses concern over rape allegations
Written by Maritime First

…As Police arrests pastor, allegedly over rape, impregnating 15-year-old girl in Lagos***

The rape allegations against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, the General Overseer of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), may have become an issue of great concern to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), even as Lagos State Police Command arrests a pastor in the state, for allegedly raping and impregnating a 15-year-old girl.

The CAN in a statement issued on Sunday by Joseph Daramola, Acting General Secretary, in Abuja, specifically noted rape as an ungodly and reprehensible act, “no matter who is involved”.

Recall that Busola Dakolo, a photographer and wife of musician, Timi Dakolo, has accused Fatoyinbo of rape.​

CAN said it was disheartening how some commentators and columnists have been insulting the Body of Christ in Nigeria as a result of this incident.

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Daramola said “like we have earlier stated, it doesn’t matter who is involved, rape is ungodly and reprehensible.

“But we have resisted the temptation to jump into any conclusion since a body like ours will be expected to have uncovered the truth about any matter before making public statements and not base its position merely upon media reports.

“Although we have disclosed that Pastor Fatoyinbo’s Church has not been an active member of CAN, that does not put the Church outside the spiritual watch-care of CAN.

“CAN is the umbrella body for every Christian and Church in Nigeria.

“Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church, does not turn back anyone that comes to Him and CAN also does not,” he said.

Daramola said that the Ministry of the Church, according to Jesus Christ, is the Ministry of Reconciliation, which is centered on true love and forgiveness of those who repent.

He added that the Bible states it clearly that “God demonstrates his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Roman’s 5:8,11).

“Having reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, God has committed to us the ministry of reconciling the world unto Himself and to one another.

“Since both Pastor Fatoyinbo and Mrs. Timi Dakolo are Christians, the leadership of CAN is already seeking ways to address the issues in order to heal every wound already inflicted on the parties concerned and the body of Christ in general.

“It is our hope that steps which will exacerbate the current damages already done will be avoided.

“As we seek the help of CAN Elders and the Holy Spirit in resolving the current problem, it is our prayer that both parties will sheath their swords and stop the media war in the interest of the Church and for the greater glory of God,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Command’s Spokesperson, DSP Bala Elkana, stated on Sunday that it had arrested a pastor in the state for allegedly raping and impregnating a 15-year-old girl.

Elkana in a statement said the mother of the victim from Akure, Ondo State brought in the report, of the alleged crime to Igando Police Station on July 2, adding that the complainant alleged that sometime in August 2017,  her daughter was brought to Lagos to live with the suspect and his wife.

“She stated further that she discovered that the survivor was pregnant sometime in June 2018 and that when she interrogated her, she mentioned the name of the suspect.

“The survivor stated in her statement that it all started in January 2018 when the suspect started having sexual intercourse with her, and got her pregnant. She stated further that she gave birth to a baby girl sometime in April, 2019,” he said.

In a similar development, a 35-year-old man has also been arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl in an uncompleted building. The suspect was reported at Iba Police Station by one Harrisson on July 2.

Elkana said that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigation was concluded.




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