The Nigerian Police Force have confirmed that its operatives sent the Letter of Invitation to Timi Dakolo a popular musician and his wife, Busola Dakolo.
According to police, the couple were invited in connection with the rape allegation levelled against Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of CommonWealth Zion Assembly(COZA ) by Mrs Dakolo.
Mrs Dakolo alleged that pastor Biodun who is a senior Pastor in COZA, raped her when she was a teenager in Ilorin, Kwara State.
The allegation sparked outrage on social media with alot of people including the wife of the president,Aisha Buhari, calling for thorough investigation.
There was another uproar on Saturday after Timi Dakolo raised alarm that some strange men were at his residence . They were later identified to be policemen sent to deliver the letter of invitation.
Reacting to the incident, the police in a statement posted on its official Twitter handle confirmed that its operatives served the invitation letter .
The invitation is sequel to an on-going police investigation touching on the wider and highly publicized case involving Busola Dakolo, Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo and others.
It is important however to note that a Police Invitation Letter is not synonymous with a Warrant of Arrest, and must not be construed to be one. Rather, it is a polite investigative tool used in eliciting information voluntarily from parties to aid police investigations.
Members of the public should see it as a legitimate act in line with the constitutional mandate of the police, which among other things include the investigation of all complaints brought before it.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP MA Adamu NPM, mni has appealed for calm, and is reassuring Nigerians that the Police Force under his watch will remain professional, impartial and unreservedly committed to the pursuit of justice in this case and all other cases before it, the police wrote.
Mr Dakolo had on Saturday questioned the motive and actions of the police.
The singer wrote,
Our lawyers had told us to get ready for this letter. We have long been ready for your intimidation and dirtiness. For your Ilorin methods and underhand tactics. A pastor? Bribing investigating officials to delay summons? Paying dirty bloggers to fabricate things that cover the truth, going to the IG’s people under dark to force this case to be posted to Abuja?
Rubbishing the legal and criminal system?
And sending a bus load of armed policemen and shady men lying in waiting to intimidate my wife and children today, forcing their way into my home.
Is that how the real police deliver a letter? This is the best you can do?