The Nigerian Police has come out to assure Nigerians that Seyitan Babatoya, the lady who accused D’banj of rape was not detained in police custody.
A police source who spoke to Vanguard, said D’banj reported on three separate occasions at Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) for interrogation and statement, while Seyitan repeatedly refused to show up.
Her alleged non-appearance led to the prompt dispatch of officers by the Force CID to Lagos, to invite her for written statement and interrogation on the alleged rape incident.
The police source said that having made the allegation, it was necessary for Seyitan to come forward with a statement to back up her accusation which she was yet to do.
The security official insisted that Seyitan was only invited to give her written statement and also to be interrogated as opposed to rumors that she was unlawfully detained in a prison cell for 24hrs.
Few weeks ago, Seyitan released a statement addressing the issue.
In her statement, Seyitan disclosed that she went to the Police station on June 6 to lodge a formal complaint but was dismissed. In her words she was “thwarted by an officer of the law at the said police barracks”.
However, on June 16, four Police officers who pretended to be delivery agents came to her apartment to arrest her without a warrant. They made her spend one day in detention alongside different criminals without any charge.
The following day June 17, Seyitan alleged the officers made her delete all the tweets of her sexual accusations against D’banj and “could only post on social media what had been approved by D’banj’s team”. They told her to lie it was a publicity stunt.
According to her, after she danced to the tune of their bidding, she was taken to an undisclosed location alienated from the rest of the world where she could not communicate with anyone.
Seyitan insisted she had no intention of getting any fortune from the accusations contrary to misconceptions made on social media.
She stated she only demanded an apology from the artiste who violated her body, thereby putting her mental well-being at risk as she has been emotionally traumatised since she suffered the abuse in 2018.