The Nigeria Police have cleared popular Nigerian singer and songwriter Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo a.k.a D’banj, of the rape allegations leveled against him by a twitter user Seyitan Babatayo.
This was contained in a report signed by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Umar Sanda on behalf of Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigations Department, Force Headquarters, and obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Saturday.
It would be recalled that the allegation led to strong social and media controversy with several declarations of the innocence of the singer by his fans and admirers coming up against those who believed Seyitan was telling the truth.
D’banj had claimed that there was no truth in the allegation and blamed it on the handiwork of his enemies who he alleged were out to destroy his hard-earned reputation.
The musician subsequently instituted an N1.5 billion defamation lawsuit against Seyitan in spite of the support she got from a prominent women’s rights group.
However, the report by the police investigation unit did not find any substantial evidence to prove that D’banj committed the act and that Seyitan had withdrawn the petition filed against D’banj.
“This is a case of indecent assault on female, rape, intimidation, and a threat to life reported by Seyitan through a petition letter dated 5 June 2020 by the Law firm of Ojoge, Omileye, and Partners against D’banj.
“The petition is to the Inspector-General of Police which was endorsed to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police FCID for investigation and further referred to the ACP for investigation and report.
“The fact of this case is that on 30 December 2018, Mr Franklin Amudo who was a manager to the suspect invited the complainant Seyitan to an all-white party at Eko Atlantic in Lagos, where the suspect performed as a guest music artiste.
“The complainant alleged that D’banj had sex with her against her wish but in view of the foregoing facts, an investigation was discontinued as there was no substantial evidence to prove the allegation of rape against the suspect,” the report read in parts.
Meanwhile, Seyitan has denied the statement that she reached out to Human Rights Activist and #ENDSARS advocate, Mr Segun Awosanya, a.k.a Segalink, asking for his intervention in the rape case.
Seyitan urged her supporters especially STER, a non-governmental organisation to act with honesty in the matter even as she expressed appreciation for the group’s support so far.
Segun had equally demanded an apology following a statement from the non-governmental organisation that he was contacted by Seyitan on the matter.
He described the allegation as deliberate and mischievous falsehood intended to malign his person and reputation.
“I demand a retraction of the group’s statement and the issuing of an apology within the next 24 hours or a lawsuit will follow,” Segun said.