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CAN dissociates Self from Pastors’ ‘solidarity visit” to COZA as PFN Investigates Rape Allegations against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo



Rev Dr Samson Jonah and Israel Akanji at COZA last Sunday

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has disassociated itself from the visit by two of its leaders, to the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) last Sunday.

In a statement issued on Monday, the National Director of Legal and Public Affairs, CAN, Evangelist Barrister Kwamkur Samuel Vondip, said that the visit and video had nothing to do with the group.

He also stated that the pastors seen in the viral video visited the church based on their personal interest, as he explained that the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, has already constituted a panel to investigate the rape allegation against the Senior Pastor of COZA, Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo.

Rev Dr Samson Jonah, CAN Chairman in the FCT, and Israel Akanji, who is the leader of CAN, North central, addressed the congregation on Sunday.

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, last week set up a committee to investigate all claims against Fatoyinbo.

In a letter sent to Timi Dakolo last week, the PFN communicated that it has constituted a committee to look into circumstances surrounding the heart-wrenching allegations made against the pastor by Busola Dakolo.

The committee which has Rev. Wilson Badejo as Chairman, with Bishop Vincent Iyawe and Rev. Collins Ilechukwu as members, is tasked with the responsibility to establish the veracity of the claims and recommend appropriate sanctions where necessary.

PFN’s letter to Timi Dakolo

Read the CAN statement dissociating itself from the visit:

The attention of the President of CAN, Rev. Dr. Samson O. A. Ayokunle has been called to a report and a video clip going round that Christian Association of Nigeria has sent her officials to Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) Church to stand by the Senior Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo on the rape allegation against him.

This message is to categorically inform the Christian leaders, the general public and all lovers of truth that CAN or the President of CAN did not approve and knows nothing about such a solidarity visit.

Those who did so did it on their own. We stand by our earlier release on this issue that while we would never support any act of immorality from whatever quarter, we would not jump into passing judgement without thorough investigation of the matter.

The President of CAN is in communication with the President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Dr. Felix Omobude and has given the right to investigate the allegations to PFN and then revert to CAN. We can tell you that PFN has already constituted a panel that is investigating this matter and in less than two weeks, the outcome of the investigation will come out. We urge all our Christian brothers and sisters to know that this is the position of CAN. We would not spare anyone who is found wanting from facing appropriate disciplinary measures.

We appreciate sincerely the prayers and support of the Christians and all peace loving Nigerians for the Church and the nation.

Evangelist Barrister Kwamkur Samuel Vondip
National Director of Legal and Public Affairs,
Christian Association of Nigeria.
15th July, 2019


  1. Greg

    July 16, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Their numbers should not have been displayed, for whatever reason. We must learn to act decently please. I know this whole thing is sensational and an opportunity to get more clicks and eyes but please respect all parties involved. Bellanaija, I know you got this news from other sources so I’m not necessarily pointing any fingers at you lot. I’m just ranting.

    • M

      July 18, 2019 at 2:24 pm

      I second your rant. It’s tacky, BN could have redacted their #s

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