Police Clears D’Banj of Rape as Seyitan Withdraws Petition


International pop star, Oladapo Oyebanjo also known as D’Banj, has been cleared of alleged rape by the Nigerian police.

His accuser, Ms. Seyitan Babatayo has also written a letter to the police, asking to withdraw her rape petition against the pop star.

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Excerpts from the letter addressed to the Inspector General of Police through her lawyer, Olamide Omileye read;

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.”

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Responding to the letter, the deputy commissioner of police (admin), Mr. Umar Sanda said the police found no credible proof that D’Banj was guilty of rape.

He said the Investigation had been discontinued due to lack of credible evidence against the pop star.

In view of the foregoing facts, investigation was discontinued as no substantial evidence to prove the allegation of rape against the suspect,” excerpts from the police reply read.

According to human rights group, Stand to End Rape (STER) which took up the case on behalf of Seyitan, the accuser decided to drop her case without receiving money compensation from D’Banj.

The group said in a statement;

On July 13, 2020, Ms. Babatayo informed STER that a private non-monetary agreement was reached with D’Banj’s team. We, therefore, present this statement as the full account of our stewardship on this matter.”

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