Rape Allegation: No evidence to nail D’banj – Police

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Nigerian popular music star and songwriter, Oladapo Daniel Oyebanji, also known as D’banj was given a clean bill of health on Saturday by the Nigeria Police who came out with a verdict that there was no evidence to suggest that D’banj sexually molested a twitter user, Miss Seyitan Babatayo.

This position 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.

Inspite of the heated controversy generated by the allegation, the report by the police investigation unit, however, did not find any substantial evidence to prove that D’banj committed the act. The Police also disclosed that Babatayo had withdrawn the petition filed against music star.

“This is a case of indecent assault on female, rape, intimidation and threat to life reported by Seyitan Babatayo through a petition letter dated June 5, 2020, by the Law firm of Ojoge, Omileye and Partners against Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo a.k.a 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 SEB/PEPF for investigation and report. “The fact of this case is that on Dec. 30, 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, investigation was discontinued as there was no substantial evidence to prove the allegation of rape against the suspect,” the report read in parts.

It would be recalled that several of D’banj’s fans and social media followers stoutly came to his defence, arguing that the accuser, Ms. Babatayo was a gold-digger who wanted to exploit the popularity of the sensational singer for personal gains. D’banj on his part vehemently denied the allegation and blamed it on the handiwork of his detractors who are all out to ruin his reputation. To show how miffed he was by the scandal, he instituted an N1.5billion defamation suit against Ms Babatayo.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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