One week after the Inspector-General of Police ordered a full-scale investigation into the rape allegations against Dapo Oyebanjo, aka DBanj, he said to have been queried on the matter.
PUNCH reported that D’Banj was grilled by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Adaku Anya, at the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Garki, Abuja.
The medium reported that a statement was also taken from the DBanj who insisted that he never raped his accuser, Seyitan Babatayo.
A top police source told the platform that, “D’Banj has been questioned twice at the FCID, Abuja. He was questioned last week and also this week. We will leave no stone unturned as we investigate the matter.”
Yesterday, Ms. Seyitan Babatayo issued a detailed statement to the media, giving her account of the rape allegations against the musician.
This is coming several days after she was allegedly detained by the police on the complaint of Dbanj. In media statement she released which has gone viral on social media, she said.
“Yesterday, Monday the 22′ of lune 2020. I, Ms Seyitan Babatayo formally made a complaint of rape by Mr Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo popularly known as D’banj at the Gender Desk of the Nigeria Police Force Lagos Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja Lagos. This comes after trying unsuccessfully in the past to give a detailed account of my experience at Bar Beach Police Station, Victoria Island on the 6- lune 2020 That attempt was thwarted by an officer of the law at the said Police barracks.”
“Unfortunately, my experience is not an exception, but rather the norm where survivors of rape and sexual violence or their families who attempt to report such incidents are often met with frustrating processes and also sometimes threatened by the alleged perpetrator with sufficient backing from the Police and a good number of members of the society. Sometimes, even their own family members.”
“Luckily for me. I have the enormous and unwavering support of my family, especially my mother. Her strength and support is one of the few things that has kept me going However, I must admit that it has been an exasperating couple of weeks for me From 3′” lune 2020 when I first came forward to tell my story and speak my truth, on Twitter, I cannot say I was surprised by the public backlash and media trial that ensued, but I can certainly say, the lack of surprise did not lessen the subsequent pain or hurt that I felt.”
“My story is one I have carried around for almost two (2) years but in the words of Tim Dakolo, “when you finally decide, it will amaze you where the needed strength will come from ”
“On 16′ lune 2020, almost two weeks after going public with my story, I was arrested by four (4) armed Police officers, who, under the pretence as delivery agent, gained entry into my home I was then taken to IGP IRT office in Harold Shodipo, Ikeja and detained in a cell like a criminal My mum was not arrested, contrary to widespread speculations. My mum remained supportive and engaged all her efforts like any good mother, alongside various other interventions to secure my release
In that cell, I had the right to remain silent, limited access to a lawyer, yet still oblivious to the crime I was being detained for I spent almost 48 hours at the Police station, without being charged for a single crime. When I requested to know the reason for the detention, the Police refused to answer, but they continued to treat me like a criminal.”
My stance from the beginning was never for financial gain. I was violated by D’banj, that unwarranted and violent experience has never left me, it has stayed with me for a very long time, I demanded an apology then, and still demand it now! I finally gathered the strength to demand for it in a louder tone1 On 7- June 2020, I approached a law firm in Abuja who agreed to represent me. With the loving support of my family, we began on the road to justice.
Strength! Strength is a funny feeling, here today, gone tomorrow.
I was locked up in a cell with criminals who had broken the law. I had never stolen or committed a crime in my life, yet there I was with others who had broken the law. What was my offence? f My own offence was daring to speak up.
Again, none of this is unique to me. I am not the only woman who has ended up in a Police cell for telling her story. If there is anything unique about my case, it is that the events played out in the public domain, and in real-time. Much of which I had no knowledge of as I was cut off from any form of communication with the outside world.
Due to the distortion of facts in the media, I would like to clarify the timeline of events for the record:
30′ December 2018: D’banj gained access to my hotel room at past midnight while I was asleep. He violated and raped me.
3′ lune 2020: Following an online post by (Than) about saying no to rape, I called him out on his hypocrisy, by giving a detailed account of how he raped me in 2018.
I publicly shared a document from my Lawyer regarding the situation. 6I” June 2020: I visited the Police Station to make a formal report, but was not attended to
“D’banj through his legal representative published a document In response to my Lawyer’s document, demanding N100m in damages. 16″ June 2020: Four (4) 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,”
“A friend reached out to a Journalist who had been in contact with me earlier to raise the alarm that neither they nor my lawyers could reach me.”
“My mum was also contacted to inform her of the ongoing situation.”
“With various efforts, I was released from custody after being made to sign a gag order by the Police and D’bani’s team, and could only post on social media what had been approved by D’bans’s team I spent the night in a location of Dbancs team’s choosing, which was not made known to the public.”
“I was isolated from my family, coerced, pressured and intimidated in person by Dbanj 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 (STER), and other activists who swung into action, and tracked me to the location where I was being held by D’ban) 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 Monday, Dbanj took to his Instagram page saying: “Innocent until proven guilty…., STOP SOCIAL MEDIA TRIAL #SAY NO TO RAPE AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION”
A few weeks ago, Seyitan accused Dbanj of an alleged rape incident that happened a few years ago. In the Twitter thread which she has since deleted, she said:
“she met D’Banj at an all-white party at Eko Atlantic with his then manager and a friend. In her account, she was told that D’Banj had taken a liking to her and was offered a large sum of money to sleep with him, to which she blatantly refused.
According to her Twitter thread, D’Banj allegedly barged into her room after being given the key by the hotel’s facility, and after this, she recounts disturbing details of the singer forcing himself on her.
Dbanj was mute on the matter, however, he had since instituted a N100 million criminal defamation lawsuit against Seyitan.
He said in a legal notice he published on his Instagram account that:
“Today is exactly 1 week after my birthday and this will be the only time I will address the recent false allegations and lies from the pit of hell.”
“I have chosen to do so because the incident is a slap to my marriage and my beautiful wife, my entire family and those who believe in me. I did not want to dignify the slurs with a response but it appears my silence has empowered my accusers to think i have been scared into the shadows so I would like to state that This”
“Accusation are false and ludicrous and Have been handed over to my Legal Team, while the Nigerian Police is Investigating the Criminal aspect of it.
It’s unfortunate that this is coming a few weeks before the second anniversary of my late son Daniel And this well timed falsehood has reopened the painful scars of my deep loss.
“To my fans and loved ones , thanks for the support, your prayers and your positive comments . The truth will always prevail . God bless us all.” he said.