Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo has reacted after a court in Abuja yesterday exonerated him of rape and also awarded N1m against his accuser, Busola Dakolo as damages.
The ruling was givejn by Justice O. A. Musa who presided over the case, as he said the rape allegation was sentimental, cruel, empty and an abuse of judicial process.
He further stated that the damages awarded against Busola Dakolo should be 10 times higher but was reduced in order not to discourage others who have legitimate claims.
Pastor Fatoyinbo in a statement released on his behalf by his Senior Executive Assistant Pastor Ademola Adetuberu, dedicated his victory to God and those that stood by him.
According to him, the enemies of the church wanted to use him as a scapegoat.
The Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) also prayed for his accusers, those that have been raped and those that have been wrongly accused.
“The victory is of the Lord. We dedicate it to those who stand by us. The victory belongs to God not to me or COZA. We will not share in His glory. The enemies are after the Church and not after me per se.
“They only used me as a scapegoat to launch the attacks. We know that faithful is He who has called us.
“I salute the courage and the support of my beautiful and godly wife, my lovely children, members of COZA family and those who stand by us.
“May God be praised in your life. I bear no grudge against those who were used by the adversary of the Church but instead, I pray for them that we should come together to fight the common enemies of the Church.
“My soul goes to men who are wrongly accused and women who are or have been abused. May God heal the wounds of everyone of us in Jesus Name,” he quoted the Pastor as saying.