November 14, 2019

Busola Dakolo rejects court’s ruling in favour of COZA pastor, vows to appeal

Busola Dakolo, COZA, Fatoyinbo

Busola Dakolo (L) and Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo

…Says case has not received any judicial attention

Busola Dakolo (L) and Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo

By David O Royal

Following the Federal Capital Territory High Court’s judgement on Thursday, Busola Dakolo has reacted, saying that she would appeal the ruling of Justice Oathman A. Musa,

The celebrity photographer and wife of Popular singer, Timi Dakolo had filed a case against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly over alleged rape.

However, Justice Oathman A. Musa, in giving the judgment on Thursday held that the matter amounts to injustice and an abuse of judicial process adding that the case is empty and purely sentimental.

Justice Musa further said that the case was aimed more at cruelty than obtaining justice.

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Busola’s lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi in reacting to the verdict, vowed to appeal the ruling.

He said, “We have received several calls after the ruling of the high court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting at Bwari this morning seeking our view on the decision of the court, hence, this statement.

“The court ruled that the matter is statute-barred because the events that crystallised to the cause of action took place 16 years ago and that the claimant Mrs. Busola Dakolo has only six years within which to seek redress in court in line with the statute of limitation.

“We are mindful of the decision as delivered by the court, presided over by the Hon. Justice A.O Musa. We are equally observant of the fact that the Court omitted to address the cause of action, the subject matter of the suit in determining whether it has jurisdiction to entertain the said matter.

“While we acknowledge the time of the court, we know in accordance with the Nigerian judicial system that the Court’s decision is not final as it is glaringly contestable.

“For all intent and purposes, having seen several sponsored misleading news reports in the media, we are duty-bound to state that the court has not and did not exonerate Biodun Fatoyinbo. As it stands, the substance of the matter has not received any judicial attention.

“Biodun Fatoyinbo through his lawyers have only argued that the court should not allow the matter to proceed to trial because it is an event that occurred long ago and hence out of time.

“We shall therefore in this circumstance approach a superior court to intervene for a better appreciation, and take a more expansive view of the suit considering that the subject matter is one that is novel in our clime.”

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