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Police Clears D’banj As Seyitan Withdraws Petition On Personal Reasons

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Seyitan Babatayo, a lady who accused musician, Oladapo Oyebanjo better known as D’Banj, of rape has written a letter to the police withdrawing her petition.

This happened just as the police said it has been unable to establish a case of rape against the musician, Punch reports.

It would be recalled that the lady in June accused the award-winning entertainer of raping her in a hotel room on December 30, 2018.

The accusation spiraled in various controversies including demands for compensations and public apology, alleged intimidation of Seyitan and social media wars.

In a letter dated July 17, 2020 addressed to the Inspector-General of Police through her lawyer, Olamide Omileye, she said she was withdrawing from the case for personal reasons.

The letter reads in part;

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.

In his response to the letter, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Admin), Umar Sanda, said investigation had discontinued due to lack of evidence.

Background

On June 3, a model scout, Benjamin Ese, alleged that D’banj raped his friend on December 31, 2018, at Glee Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos.

After the accusation was made, the lady came out to reveal herself, giving her personal account of her alleged encounter with the singer. Seyitan, thereafter, demanded a public apology from the entertainer through her lawyers.

On June 15, D’banj, through his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, demanded N100 million from Seyitan as compensation for falsely accusing him of rape, which was to be paid within 48 hours or risk legal action.

In the same letter, the singer also demanded that a letter of apology and retraction of her statements be written by his accuser and published in four national dailies.

On June 23, Seyitan released a statement through Stand To End Rape (STER) where she narrated her ordeal since she went public with her accusation.

She also recounted her ordeal in the hands of police when she was reportedly arrested and detained on June 16 based on a complaint by D’banj.

Seyitan alleged that she was forced to recant her rape allegations as well as delete all her social posts regarding the case.

On July 3, D’banj through his lawyers again demanded N1.5billion for defamation and general damages.

On July 5, D’banj’s ex-manager, Franklin Amudo, confirmed in an interview that he invited Seyitan to the all-white party and gave her the key card to his hotel room at Glee hotel in Victoria Island, as he had to rush back home because of an early morning flight to Accra the next day.

He also confirmed that Seyitan called him to report the alleged rape to him but he could not confirm with D’banj because his wife was also on the trip with them.

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