The Coalition of Public Interest Lawyers And Advocates(COPA) have commended pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo for stepping aside from the pulpit following the allegation of rape levied against him by Busola Dakolo.
However, the convener of the COPA, Mr. Pelumi Olajengbesi, is of the opinion that stepping aside is not enough as he urges his to make a formal report at the police station and submit himself for proper investigation.
“We at COPA are of the mind that while the above is a good way to start that Mr. Biodun Fatoyinbo must take a step further in the interest of addressing and assuaging public interest by reporting to the Nigeria Police Force voluntary, a truly neutral arbiter in this instance, to provide answers to public queries on the matter.
“This is in view of making sure that the results of the investigations from both the church committee and the Police Force, being independent sources, would satisfactorily put to rest all sundry issues generated by the intense rape allegations hanging over him.
“A man of clear conscience fears nothing and we hope that it would never come to the point where Mr. Biodun Fatoyinbo is compelled beyond personal alacrity to do the needful and submit self to the Police Force for questioning.
“Needless to say that his status as a popular man of God and the issue of betrayal of fiduciary trust, infidelity and the crime of rape makes it imperative that no room is left for doubt to exist on his innocence of the claims against him.
“Conversely, by voluntarily submitting himself to the Police Force for questioning, he makes a much-needed statement in lieu of his claims to innocence.
“It also affords the public the opportunity to pursue further actions where it is established that he may, in fact, have criminal issues to answer to or not.