COZA: PFN warns predator pastors as woman accuses TB Joshua of raping her for 14 years/

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, Tuesday warned​ that it would not shield pentecostal pastors who feel they can live carelessly and take undue advantage of their congregants.

The PFN sounded the warning in a statement on Tuesday, signed by its President, Rev. Felix Omobude, and made available to journalists in Benin, in response to the rape allegations against the senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, COZA, Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo.

Busola, wife of soul singer, Timi Dakolo, had accused founder of COZA, Biodun Fatoyinbo, of raping her when she was a teenager. Protesters had on Sunday asked Fatoyinbo to step down until he is cleared of the allegations. This he did in a post on Instagram Monday morning.

During Sunday’s protest at the COZA branch in Lagos, a lady activist, Bisola Hephzi-bah Johnson, claimed that she was raped by the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, T.B Joshua, adding that she was trapped in Joshua’s church for 14 years before “the Lord set me free”.

Johnson said, “This is not the time for making up (stories), this is the time to address. I am talking on behalf of other girls that are still in the captivity of TB Joshua. 8 years old, 14 years old and 11 years old, they are still there.

“Yes. I can say it because they have money, connections, they can put people down. Enough is enough, if he thinks I am lying, he can contest it in court.

“I was sexually molested by T.B Joshua. I was trapped in the synagogue for 14-years of my life. I spent my youth in the synagogue until God set me free. If not for God, I will not be here today and I have documented it in book form.”

The PFN President has now said that the body is saddened and disturbed by the allegations of criminal conduct and serial impropriety that have been made against Fatoyinbo, but added that “the PFN will not shield anyone who crosses the line”.

“The PFN is utterly shocked at these allegations, as the acts that have been alleged are not only criminal in nature but antithetical to the tenets of Christianity and a violent breach of the trust that ought to exist between members of the congregation and a Minister of the Gospel,” he said.

While condemning in strong terms the allegations levelled against Fatoyinbo, Omobude, however, expressed the support and prayers of the PFN for the embattled man of God.

“We strongly condemn this ignoble and bastardy conduct as alleged against Pastor Fatoyinbo. Our prayers, thoughts and support are with all those who have fallen victim as have been reported.

“PFN strongly believe in the pursuit of truth and will ensure that truth is unveiled in this whole matter and appropriate sanctions served.

“Although Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo has not in the past subscribed to the PFN, we recognize that he is a Pentecostal Pastor,” Omobude concluded.


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