PASTOR FATOYINBO MAY WIN RAPE ALLEGATION CASE AGAINST BUSOLA DAKOLO, LAW SCHOLAR SAYS
The Senior Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) Biodun Fatoyinbo may win the rape allegation levelled against him by Mrs. Busola Dakolo, if the accuser failed to prove her point beyond a reasonable doubt, a legal scholar, Dr. Charles Omole has predicted.
Omole, an expert in Police and National Security Jurisprudence stated this on his Twitter page while analysing the case between the pastor and Busola.
Dr. Charles Omole. Photo source: Twitter
In a thorough analysis entitled, “On Dakolo vs Fatoyinbo-A legal perspective” he said morality must not be confused with legality.
Mrs. Dakolo had in a video clip accused COZA pastor of raping her when she was 16 in Ilorin, Kwara State. The debate had generated may controversies on social media. While some called out Fatoyinbo, some people asked: Why is Busola speaking out several years after?
Dr. Omole said cases are about evidence and not morality or feral outrage, stating that both sides of the polarised Dakolo vs Fatoyinbo saga were being blinded by their prejudice.
He said it was the duty of the police to investigate both sides of any allegations. He law scholar berated the manner in which Nigerians have blown the issue out of proportion. “The needless sensation does not build legal culpability,” he said.
He also faulted the claim of some Dakolo’s supporters that Fatoyinbo had not been questioned on Dokolo’s allegations, “How do you know that? he asked.
Omole said Pastor Fatoyinbo could have chosen to be quiet about his own questioning instead of going social the way the Dakolos has gone.
” If the Dakolo’s have not raised alarm on Social Media, they too could have been questioned without anyone being aware. Clearly, police could simply have invited them for questioning, he tweeted.
Relying on a source, the expert in Police and National Security Jurisprudence confirmed that the investigation team had actually taken Fatoyinbo’s side of the story and needed to take Dakolo’s too.
He, however, said trying to move Dakolos to Abuja for interrogation was unnecessary, “But the police team could easily have visited Lagos to interview the Dakolos,” he submitted.
The legal luminary said legal proceedings were not so much about truth, but about what can be proven in court, saying no evidence means no conviction.
He advised those who want justice for Mrs. Dakolo to do it the right way, cautioning them not to harm her case with their biased and sensationalised outburst.
According to him, “In war, your objective MUST be clear. Trying to fight on all fronts is unwise. So we must choose our battles and focus our resources.”