The Senior Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo, has told the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja to dismiss the suit filed by Busola Dakolo accusing him of raping her when she was 17-years-old.
Busola, now a mother of three and wife to Timi Dakolo, an inspirational singer, had alleged a few months ago that the Abuja-based preacher forcefully defiled her in Ilorin, Kwara state in 2002.
In his preliminary objection, which he filed against Dakolo’s suit on Friday, September 20, 2019, Fatoyinbo told the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja where the suit was instituted that the prayers contained in the case were ‘ungrantable.’
Describing the suit as being statute-barred, having not been filed within three years of the occurrence of the event complained about, Fatoyinbo urged the court to dismiss the suit without the need to hear its substance.
He maintained that the prayers in the suit “are ungrantable” by the court, adding that the suit is frivolous and a palpable abuse of court process.
His team of lawyers led by Dr. Alex Izinyon (SAN), maintained that the suit could not be pursued, while her allegation of rape against the cleric and her claim that the pastor caused her emotional distress remain a subject of Police investigation.
He also accused the plaintiff of an attempt to scandalise and embarrass him by going to the Press about the suit before even serving it on him.
The Executive Senior Assistant to Fatoyinbo, Mr. Ademola Adetuberu, deposed to the affidavit filed in support of the suit.
Busola sued Fatoyinbo before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja for allegedly raping her in 2002, an incident she claimed had adversely affected her marital life.
In her writ of summons, the plaintiff asked the court to, among others, compel Fatoyinbo to publish an apology to her on the front page of at least two national newspapers and air same on two national televisions for seven days running consecutively.
The suit was instituted on her behalf by her lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi.
Busola had, in June, leveled the rape allegation against Fatoyinbo, claiming that he had sexual intercourse with her on September 23 and 26, 2002, and caused her continuous emotional distress, which she said was intentional.
France reports more than 28,500 coronavirus deaths
France’s cumulative death toll from coronavirus infection rose by 73 or 0.3 per cent to 28,530 on Tuesday.
This is a similar rate of increase as the day before despite health authorities having resumed taking into account nursing home data after a four-day interruption.
In a statement, the Health Ministry said the number of fatalities was up 83 in hospitals, to 18,195.
But the death toll in nursing homes has been revised to 10,335, 10 fewer than the last time it was published.
Lagos to recruit 2,000 teachers
The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to employ no fewer than 2,000 more teachers in its public primary schools.
Speaking on behalf of the state government, the state Commissioner for Education, Folashade Adefisayo during an online show, Covinspiration show, moderated by a United Nations (UN) Youth Ambassador, Dayo Isreal, while giving scorecard of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration within the 360 days, said the move to employ more teachers was aimed at the standard of public primary school education in the state.
She lamented that the pandemic has held the ministry of education back in the completion of its plans for the sector.
According to Adefisayo:
“The administration after assumption of office decided to address the challenges in education aggressively in 2020 but the pandemic which country’s index case happened in Lagos has halted various plans for education in the state.”
She stressed that administration went back to the drawing as soon as President Muhammadu Buhari lifted the lockdown earlier imposed on Lagos and other states so as to fast track completion of 2020 plans which includes recruitment of teachers.
‘The most important aspect of learning is the quality of teachers and we did not have enough teachers to actualize the set plan for learning in our public schools.
“And one of the earliest things we requested for and was granted by the governor was the recruitment of teachers.
“We have concluded the recruitment of 1,000 secondary school teachers. And we are currently working on the recruitment of 2,000 teachers for public primary schools.
“And we are looking at employing teachers every quarter because the rate of retirement of teachers is very high in Lagos.
“The administration has granted the ministry permission to replace retired teachers.
“Aside from recruitment, we have sent a lot on the training of current teachers to improve their teaching skills in classrooms. And this COVID-19 period was the time when we were able to do a lot of things in the education sector of Lagos state,” she added.
COVID-19: Confirmed cases in Africa rise over 115,000
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday reported that coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Africa as at May 26, had risen to over 115, 000.
The WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, gave the update on its official twitter handle @WHOAFRO.
“There are over 115,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent – with more than 46,000 recoveries and 3,400 deaths,” it said.
The figures showed that South Africa, Algeria and Nigeria had the highest reported cases in Africa.
According to the report, South Africa had 23,615 cases and 418 deaths followed by Algeria with 8,503 cases and 609 deaths, while Nigeria had 8,068 confirmed cases and 233 deaths.
It stated that Ghana had 6,808 reported cases and 32 deaths, while Cameroon recorded 4, 890 confirmed cases and 165 deaths.
The report said Lesotho, Seychelles and Namibia were countries currently with the lowest confirmed cases in the region.
It said Lesotho had only two confirmed cases with zero death; Seychelles had 11 reported cases and zero death, while Namibia recorded 21 confirmed cases with no death.
Meanwhile, as at May 25, the novel coronavirus had infected more than 5.4 million people and killed over 344,000 worldwide, according to John Hopkins University.
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