Following the dismissal of the rape case filed against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo by Busola Dakolo at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Nigerians, on Twitter, have expressed their disagreement with investigative journalist, Fisayo Soyombo.
The court sitting at Bwari, Abuja on Thursday dismissed the case against the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly Senior Pastor on the ground that it amounts to injustice, and an abuse of judicial process. According to the ruling, the case is empty and purely sentimental.
The presiding judge, Justice Oathman A. Musa, said the case was aimed more at cruelty than obtaining justice.
The court also awarded costs of N1,000,000 against Busola Dakolo and held that the fine should have been 10 times more because the court’s time was wasted.
In reaction to the judgement, investigative journalist, Fisayo Soyombo, wrote:
“On Busola Dakolo and Biodun Fatoyinbo”.
“When the people cannot trust the nation’s most fundamental institutions, an indefinite invitation to anarchy is on the table. This growing judicial erosion of public trust will spark a spike in how people take the law into their own hands”.
On Busola Dakolo and Biodun Fatoyinbo.
When the people cannot trust the nation's most fundamental institutions, an indefinite invitation to anarchy is on the table. This growing judicial erosion of public trust will spark a spike in how people take the law into their own hands.
— Fisayo Soyombo (@fisayosoyombo) November 14, 2019
Most Nigerians who responded to his tweet attempted to explain to the Cable news journalist, who spent several days in police custody as an undercover reporter, how the the law of Evidence works in court.
A case is won on facts not truth. The moment it gets in court each party needs to present PROOF beyond reasonable doubt. What evidence do you think Busola's lawyer probably presented. While I do not doubt the truth, it must have been difficult to PROVE.
— Tolu Moyan (@tolumoyan) November 14, 2019
This is one situation were d law actually worked. I believe Busola Dakolo, but there is no physical evidence, or confession from d accused 2 b used as evidence in court. Based on words so many innocent people hav been incarcerated unjustly. Fatoyinbo is forever marked a predator
— kiki ukpo (@labellakixy) November 14, 2019
You're the only reasonable person who shares same point of view with me. You nailed it!👏🏽
Most people don't know the importance of evidence in our legal system. For the records, fatoyinbo will forever be seen in the eyes of the society as a rape suspect.
— Chinasa Ruth (@ChinasaRuth) November 14, 2019
But the court cannot adjudicate on an empty process na, that will be tragic on our judicial system and will create a very bad judicial precedents. Infact the presiding judge will kiss his career goodbye
— OVO (@PaulOfomola) November 14, 2019
Inasmuch as I am not standing in for the judiciary as I know they have been series of blunders made by them in delivering justice, however in this case do you sincerely think that they were out of place?! Should they deliver judgement on the case based on emotions and sentiments?
— Onuh Davidson (@onuhdayveedcin) November 14, 2019
No witnesses, evidence or testimonies.
Law is law. Not emotions
— A Nazarite (@MrLekanOlayinka) November 14, 2019
why not disputing the rot in our judicial system, I believe lots of people don't know how the law and the court works. that's why the positive school holds sway. law 'is' and not 'ought'
— geedeebatalion (@Princegeedee) November 14, 2019
What would have been a good verdict for you Sir?
No one was there when it happened besides KREST. It can be a witness. Now, in the absence of tangible proofs, you can't accuse a man based on assumptions. So uphold the judiciary for this and not the opposite. Thanks
— Ugorji Chijioke (@euchix) November 14, 2019
Most people are just being sentimental about this case,really. Do you expect conviction when no evidence was presented before the court? Like seriously,were Nigerians expecting Biodun to be sent behind bars because Busola said he raped her 20years ago? Is that how courts work?
— MoneyBag💰 (@SerikiCash) November 14, 2019
How did you get a verified account?
— NIGERIA VAR🇳🇬 (@olowogbade_ope) November 14, 2019
As a respected journalist, you shouldn't be promoting emotions over facts. Are you trying to say that the court should just declare the COZA pastor guilty because of public outcry without looking at facts presented before it? Let's always allow justice to prevail!
— Emerie Uduchukwu (@EmerieUduchukwu) November 14, 2019