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Police clear D’Banj as Seyitan withdraws rape petition

 D’Banj never chop Seyitan Babatayo || Oladapo Oyebanjo, nicknamed D’Banj, has been cleared of rape after her complaint was withdrawn by his accuser, Seyitan Babatayo.

In a letter dated 17 July 2020 addressed via her counsel to the Inspector-General of Police, Seyitan said she was withdrawing from the case on personal grounds.

The letter read in part, “We hereby officially inform you of the intention of our client to withdraw and discontinue their complaint against Mr. Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo called D’Banj for personal reasons. Our client further humbly recommends that the inquiry and any other action being pursued by the police regarding the allegation at present.”

Reacting to the letter, Umar Sanda, the Deputy Police Commissioner (Admin), said the inquiry had been discontinued due to lack of evidence.

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Stand To End Rape Initiative (STER), a human rights organisation, said Seyitan agreed to end the case without seeking any monetary compensation.

STER’s statement reads in pert: “On July 13, 2020, Ms. Babatayo told STER that a non-monetary private agreement had been reached with D’Banj ‘s team. Thus, we present this statement as the full account of our stewardship on this subject.”

Press Statement: In line w/ our key values— integrity & transparency; this is a detailed report of STER & partner NGO’s intervention in the case of Ms Seyitan Babatayo against Mr Oyebanjo (aka D’Banj).

As an NGO, STER remains committed to supporting survivors of SGBV in Nigeria. pic.twitter.com/BaR0cPN9Pu

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— S.T.E.R Initiative (@StandtoEndRape) July 24, 2020

Recall, in December 2018, Seyitan accused D’banj of raping her at Glee Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. He came out after a model scout called D’banj for raping his (Seyitan’s) female mate, though he had not identified her. Also, the former manager of D’banj said Seyitan had called him in December 2018 one morning to say that D’banj had got the key to her hotel room and was raped.

Seyitan filed a suit through her lawyers, demanding that the singer apologize.

D’banj denied the allegation and sued Seyitan for defamation. He demanded N100 million Naira as compensation

D’banj was later accused of using his power to threaten and detain Seyitan after her family / attorneys couldn’t contact her. While she could not be reached, a tweet was sent out to promote D’banj’s new song via her Twitter page. Another tweet was also sent saying she wanted to leave it all behind and move on.

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Seyitan later issued a statement saying she had been detained and threatened by the people of D’banj and they had taken control of her social media account. She also said she was standing by her statement that the singer raped her (read here). D’banj responded by suing her again for N1.5 billion, this time.

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