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Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, commonly referred to as COZA, is a Nigerian church, headquartered in the city of Abuja. It was established in the city of Ilorin in 1999. Along with the headquarter in Abuja, the church currently has four branches in Ilorin, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Dubai.[1] It is founded by Reverend Biodun Fatoyinbo [2] Pastor Biodun stepped down from the leadership of the church for a month [3] after allegations of rape by Mrs. Busola Dakolo Nigerian photographer and wife of popular musician Timi Dakolo .

OverviewEdit

The Church started in Illorin, Nigeria in 1999. In 2008, it moved its headquarters to Abuja which is situated in Guzape Hills, Asokoro, FCT. A Lagos branch was opened in 2012, another in Port Harcourt in 2016 and then in Dubai in 2017. .[4]

Rape AllegationsEdit

After an interview of Mrs. Busola Dakolo by YNaijaTV aired, the religious institution's Reverend Biodun Fatoyinbo was accused of rape and sexual assault.[5][6] Since then, some protests have been witnessed at the religious institution's Lagos and Abuja premises calling for the religious leader to respond to the allegations.[7][8] However, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) an umbrella organization for Christian churches in Nigeria declared their support for the religious leader citing a lack of credible evidence as the reason behind their decision.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Biodun fatoyinbo. "5 interesting things that make this vibrant church stand out".
  2. ^ Durojaiye, Seun (2016-11-02). "All you need to know about Coza's Biodun Fatoyinbo". Naij.
  3. ^ "Nigerian pastor steps aside over rape allegations". 2019-07-01. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  4. ^ Biodun Fatoyinbo. "5 interesting things that make this vibrant church stand out".
  5. ^ "All The Powerful Lessons We Learned From Busola Dakolo Interview". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 28 June 2019.
  6. ^ "'Nobody ignores me'; we break down the Y!TV exclusive with Busola Dakolo on being sexually assaulted by Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo » YNaija". YNaija. 28 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Protesters storm COZA church in Lagos, screaming 'no to rape' [VIDEO]". www.pulse.ng. 30 June 2019.
  8. ^ "The Busola Dakolo's Rape Story & Why It's blowing up Twitter Nigeria". Vasiti Magazine. 28 June 2019.
  9. ^ Adedigba, Azeezat (15 July 2019). "Rape Allegation: CAN declares support for COZA, Fatoyinbo".

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