Rape Case: Dbanj wants me to claim its publicity stunt – Seyitan
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Seyitan Babatayo, a lady who accused Musician, Oladapo Oyebanjo aka D’Banj of raping her in her room at Glee Hotel sometimes in December 2018 said the musician met with her in person and asked her to tell Nigerians that the allegations were a mere publicity stunt.
Although on the part of Dbanj, he had denied the allegation and requested the sum of N100m from Seyitan for defaming.
Seyitan said this in a statement on Wednesday while narrating her ordeal in the custody of the Police Intelligence Response Team led by DCP Abba Kyari.
She said she was picked up by the police on June 16, 2020 and detained in a cell like a common criminal because she accused D’Banj of rape.
Seyitan Babatayo, the lady that accused popular musician, Oladapo Oyebanji known as Dbanj has said that the musician wants her to retract the rape allegation against him and tell the public it was a publicity stunt.
According to Seyitan, Dbanj met her in person and requested she go public and debunk the statement and the accusation levied against him.
This was made known on Wednesday while Seyitan was telling her story and how she was treated by the Police Intelligence Response Team led by DCP Abba Kyari.
In her narration, she was arrested by the police at her resident on 16th June 2020 without a warrant and was detained in a cell like a common criminal because she accused D’Banj of rape.
She was later released to the custody of D’Banj and his team from where she was taken to a secret location and intimidated for hours.
“On June 16, 2020, four armed policemen stormed my apartment, and arrested me without a warrant. They seized my phones, other personal effects and detained me in the police cell overnight at IGP – IRT Office at Harold Shodipo, Ikeja” Seyitan wrote.
“On June 17, 2020, with various efforts, I was released from custody after being made to sign a gag order by the police and D’banj’s team, and could only post on social media what had been approved by D’banj’s team. I spent the night in a location of D’banj’s team’s choosing, which was not made known to the public.
“On June 18, 2020, I was isolated from my family, coerced, pressured and intimidated in person by D’banj and his team to retract all statements and to announce that my testimony was a publicity stunt.
“Thanks to my friend, thanks to the Executive Director of Stand To End Rape Initiative and other activists who swung into action, and tracked me to the location where I was being held by D’banj and his team, using satellite mapping. I was immediately removed from the environment and taken to a safe place where I was provided with immediate support.”
On the flip side, Dbanj D’banj has been boasting that nothing would happen to him because of his celebrity status, Seyitan revealed after her release.
She further thanked the Lagos State Attorney-General for asking the Commissioner of Police to investigate the rape allegations.
Seyitan again appreciated Nigerians for continuing to support her even as she revealed that N1.6m had been raised from well-meaning Nigerians through an NGO- STER.