A high court in Bwari, Abuja on Thursday threw out the case brought by photographer Busola Dakolo against the Commonwealth Assembly’s (COZA) Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo.
This came after Fatoyinbo filed an objection and a court affidavit reiterating that the statements made by Busola were false and concocted in order to embarrass, scandalize and ridicule Fatoyinbo.
He claimed that she had received news and press attention from the beginning and brought the civil action even while the inquiry by the police was continuing.
In her judgment, the case amounted to injustice, according to Justice Oathman A. Musa, and an abuse of judicial process as the case was empty and purely sentimental, adding that the case was aimed more at cruelty than at obtaining justice.
The court also awarded N1,000,000 costs against Busola Dakolo and held that the fine was supposed to be 10 times higher because the time of the court wasted.
Dakolo had filed the lawsuit against Fatoyinbo after claiming that when she was 16 years old in Ilorin, Kwara State, the COZA pastor had raped her 20 years ago.
Fatoyinbo denied the allegations, also took a break from the pulpit, and then returned to the ministry.