The Coalition of Public Interests Lawyers and Advocates (COPA) has on Monday urged the embattled founder and General Overseer of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, to do the needful by surrendering himself for investigation; having stepped down as the senior pastor of the church.
It was earlier reported that Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo on Monday morning stepped down as the senior pastor of COZA, oversaw alleged rape allegations by Timi Dakolo’s wife, Busola.
Mr. Pelumi Olajengbesi, the Convener of COPA in a statement on Monday, commended Fatoyinbo for stepping down as senior pastor in COZA but asked him to take a step further by reporting to the police for 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, 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 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, he said in the statement.
“Conversely, by voluntarily submitting himself to the Police 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.”
“COPA would continue to monitor events as they unfold to ensure that no rights are abused, nor any process skewered to favor one party against the other in this matter.”
Olajengbesi, however, urged the pastor not to slack in establishing his innocence, noted that where justice must be done, it must be manifestly seen to be done.
EFCC Vows To Arrest ‘Yahoo Boys’ Indicted By FBI
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said it will begin manhunt with immediate effect for the home-based Nigerians indicted by the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for a variety of scams and online fraud cases in the US.
According to DAILY POST report the fraudsters, majority based in Nigeria, were involved in a series of coordinated internet scam running into billions of dollars fraudulently obtained from victims in the United States and other parts of the world.
He said this while speaking at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja on Friday, the Acting Chairman of the agency, Ibrahim Magu, stated that the agency had commenced investigation into the matter.
He said the commission was investigating to ascertain the involvement of Nigerians who collaborated with the ones indicted in the United States.
“We will investigate it and we will leave no stone unturned. We will go after those who collaborated with the ones in the US and they will be made to face the full wrath of the law,” Magu said.
He also restated an earlier position of government that it would go after those involved in the failed Process and Industrial Development (P&ID) gas to power project that plunged the country into a $9.9 billion judgement debt crisis.
The EFCC boss said the commission was collaborating with the FBI in two operations notably Operation ‘Wire-wire’ which commenced in 2018 and Operation ‘Rewire’ presently ongoing, both aimed at containing cybercrime.
He said the joint operation involved Malaysia, Canada, Indonesia and the United States.
“We work with FBI in Lagos. We carried out operation wire-wire and the FBI mentioned in their press statement that we are one of the agencies working with them and it was successful”, he said.
On the P&ID $9.9billion judgement debt, Magu said the investigation had commenced.
“We are investigating. It’s ongoing. It will be revealing because some people want to rob this nation and we will not allow that”, he said.
“Boko Haram Engaging In Fishery To Fund Terrorism” – Nigerian Army Reveals
The head of the military counter-insurgency operations in the North-East (Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole), Olusegun Adeniyi has said that the military will now move against the finances of Boko Haram.
He said this would be done by restricting their fishing activities anywhere in the country.
Adeniyi said this while addressing journalists in Maiduguri on Friday regarding vehicles, fish, hides, and skin, seized from transporters believed to have been trading with the Boko Haram insurgents.
Adeniyi revealed that four vehicles conveying insurgents’ fishery products were seized on Maiduguri-Ngala Road by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
According to him, the military has not moved out of Borno State but changed its strategies to prevent attacks on its base.
He added that troops had vacated the trenches and reduced the roadblocks and in its stead, evolved mobile units where the troops rove troubled areas.
He said the military found out that the stationed formation made it easy for the insurgents to attack military facilities but with the latest strategy, he pointed out, the insurgents would be in for a surprise.
He said: “Boko Haram insurgents have a running business to generate money to fund their dastardly activities. We fully recognize the fishery industry in Nigeria but the fishery done by Boko Haram is to create confusion, continue insurgency and destruction of the North-East.
“Anybody who allows his horse or camel to carry fish for the Boko Haram, you are part of the insurgents because you are aiding them.”
13-Year-Old Girl Kidnaps Herself Just To Be With Her Boyfriend
13-year-old Kosisochukwu Anioma, who happens to be the younger daughter of former aide to ex-Governor Chimaroke Nnamani, Frank Anioma, was reported missing by her dad on Thursday August 22 in Enugu state.
Anioma had taken to social media to state that his daughter, Kosiso, was on her way to the New Haven market in Enugu at about 7am on Thursday when she was kidnapped.
It turns out Miss Anioma was not kidnapped but left her hometown in Enugu to visit her boyfriend in Owerri, Imo State.
The Enugu State Police disclosed this information via their twitter handle as they revealed that the young lady has been found.
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