Police IG Orders Probe Of D’banj Over Rape Allegations
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has ordered an investigation into allegations of rape levelled against pop star, Dapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’Banj.
Adamu’s letter with reference number CB.7000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOl.484/801 was signed by his Principal Staff Officer, DCP Idowu Owohunwa.
It was addressed to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Area 10, Garki, Abuja.
The letter was in response to a petition written by Mr. Tommy Ojoge-Daniel, a lawyer to Miss Seyitan Babatayo, who has accused D’Banj of raping her in a Lagos hotel in December 2018.
It read in part, “I forward herewith copy of letter dated June 5, 2020 received from Ojoge, Omileye and Partners on the above underlined subject. I am to respectfully convey the directive of the Inspector-General of Police that you treat.
“Accept the assurances of my esteemed regards please.”
Thelagostimes gathered that Seyitan’s friend, Benjamin Ese, in a Twitter thread in early June had told the story of how D’Banj allegedly raped Seyitan at a hotel two years ago – in December 2018.
She said it happened at an all-white party where D’Banj allegedly offered her friend some money to spend the night which she rejected until he surprisingly showed up in Seyitan’s hotel room around 2 in the midnight.
“D’Banj drove all the way from Eko hotel where he was lodged and came down to glee hotel in Victoria Island at midnight 2.40 am and collected the spare key from the receptionist,” Ese said in the thread which has since sparked an outrage.
She said D’Banj allegedly “got into my friend’s room and forcefully threatened he would walk her out of the room naked, kept his fingers in her vagina and repeatedly raped her.”
According to her, since the rape experience, Seyitan had been traumatized since the incident happened.
One month after Ese’s tweets, Seyitan came out publicly to present herself as the lady who was allegedly raped by D’Banj in December 2018.
The musician, however, denied the allegations levelled against him and asked his accuser to make a public apology and also pay him the sum of N100m in damages.