IGP orders investigation into rape allegation against D’Banj

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered a probe into the rape allegations levelled against Afro-pop singer, Oladapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’Banj.

According to a letter with reference number CB.7000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOl.484/801 addressed to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Area 10, Garki, Abuja and signed by the Principal Staff Officer to the IG, DCP Idowu Owohunwa, which was a response to a petition written to the IG by Mr Tommy Ojoge-Daniel, a lawyer to Miss Seyitan Babatayo, who accused D’Banj of raping her in 2018, IGP ordered an investigation into the allegation.

The letter titled, ‘Re: Petition Against (1) Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (Aka D’Banj) for Rape Indecent Sexual Assault, Attempted Assault on Miss Seyitan Temidayo” reads 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.”

Benjamin Ese, Seyitan’s friend, had in a Twitter thread in early June, revealed how D’Banj allegedly raped Seyitan at a hotel 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.

“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.”

Ese said the experience had caused Seyitan some trauma since the incident happened.

However, as rape incidents in the country continued to be spot-lighted, Seyitan came out publicly to present herself as the lady who was allegedly raped by D’Banj in December 2018.

D’Banj has, however, denied the allegations and asked his accuser to make a public apology and also pay him the sum of N100m in damages.

There was outrage on Social Media on Tuesday after some policemen allegedly detained Seyitan for over 24 hours and intimidated her, making her delete all chats, social media posts and other vital information from her phone.