By Hauwa Abubakar
The Nigeria Police has summoned popular Gospel singer, Timi Dakolo and his wife for questioning following a rape allegation they levelled against a Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) Biodun Fatoyinbo.
A summon letter shared by the singer on Instagram stated that it formed part of investigations into criminal conspiracy, including falsehood brought before the force.
However, Timi Dakolo took to social media to accuse the police of intimidation as he narrated the summon process, while sharing copies of the letter handed to him.
He wrote on Instagram:
But the police in a response, said that it was normal procedure to request the accuser to come for questioning as part of investigation into the matter.
The Nigeria Police in a post thread on Twitter explained that both complainants in the matter required to be questioned.
”It is important however to note that a Police Invitation Letter is not synonymous with a Warrant of Arrest” the statement said.
Also, Tolu Ogunlesi, an aide to Vice President Osinbajo shared a press statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer Frank Mba on Twitter.
So @PoliceNG HQ has just issued an official statement – emailed at 11.44pm Saturday – for some reason it’s not yet on their Twitter handle.
Here it is in full: pic.twitter.com/wodwRmOqNH
— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) July 20, 2019
Meanwhile, the incident has garnered reactions on social media, with Nigerians divided in their support for both Dakolo and Fatoyinbo.
The hashtags #TimiDakolo and #Fatoyinbo are among trending topics on Twitter and Instagram.
Timi Dakolo’s wife Busola had earlier alleged in a video interview that the pastor had sexually molested her as a member of the church many years back as a young girl.
The pastor has denied the allegations but a case was registered by the Dakolos at a police station in Lagos where they reside in June.
The singer claims nothing has been done so far with regards to his report, but the pastor in the wake of the allegations stepped down from the pulpit as investigations continued.