D’banj absolved of rape as Seyitan withdraws petition

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Entertainer Oladapo Oyebanjo aka D’Banj has been cleared of rape accusations against him by Seyitan Babatayo in a petition to the police which has now be withdrawn.

Seyitan Babatayo had accused D’banj of haven raped her in 2018 in Lagos. The story of how D’banj raped Seyitan was first relayed in a twitter thread by Seyitan’s friend, Benjamin Ese who said that the singer raped Seyitan at a hotel in December 2018.

She said it happened at an all-white party where Dbanj allegedly offered her friend some money to spend the night which she rejected until the Oliver Twist crooner surprisingly showed up in Seyitan’s hotel room around 2:00 am at midnight.

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D’banj had denied the accusations and instituted a N1.5 billion lawsuit against Seyitan describing as “false allegations and lies from the pit of hell.” D’banj through his lawyer Mike Ozekhome also asked Seyitan to desist posting offensive posts and tweets about the alleged rape incident against the Afro-pop artiste.

In a letter dated July 17, 2020 addressed to the Inspector-General of Police through her lawyer, Olamide Omileye, Seyitan said she was withdrawing from the case for personal reasons.

The letter read in part, “We hereby officially notify you of our client’s intention to withdraw and discontinue her petition against Mr. Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo aka D’Banj for personal reasons. Our client further humbly applies that the investigation and all other action that is currently being carried out by the police with respect to the statement.”

In his response to the letter, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Admin), Umar Sanda, said investigation had discontinued due to lack of evidence.

The letter read in part, “In view of the foregoing facts, investigation was discontinued as no substantial evidence to prove the allegation of rape against the suspect.”

Meanwhile, a non-governmental organization, Stand To End Rape (STER) has accused a human rights activist Segun Awosanya (Segalink) of attempting to “pervert justice” in the alleged rape case between Seyitan Babatayo and D’banj.

STER in a statement claimed that Awosanya reached out to Seyitan to attend a meeting with D’banj at an address which he had texted to her.

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The NGO said Seyitan legal counsel was also scheduled to be in attendance of the supposed meeting aimed at negotiating a private settlement of the case.

STER said that they were also invited to the meeting but declined because “out-of-court settlements go against STER’s policy.”

According to STER, “such settlements, in our experience, often involve an asymmetry of power between the accused and victim.

“More importantly, while private settlements are usual in civil disputes, they are, however, not applicable to criminal cases, particularly where a felony has been alleged to have been committed, only the State has the authority to discontinue a criminal investigation and prosecution.

“An attempt by any private individual(s) to circumvent the authority of the State in criminal investigations may amount to a conspiracy and attempt to pervert justice.”