Seyitan Babatayo, the woman, who accused Nigerian musician, Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, higher know as D’Banj of raping her, has detailed how she was illegally detained for talking in opposition to her alleged abuser.
Babatayo mentioned she had made a proper grievance on the Gender Desk of the Nigeria Police Force, Lagos Command.
“Yesterday, Monday the 22nd of June, 2020, I, Ms Seyitan Babatayo, formally made a criminal complaint of rape by Mr Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo popularly known as a D’Banj at the Gender Desk of the Nigeria Police Force Lagos Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja Lagos. This comes after unsuccessfully trying in the past to give account a detailed account of my experience at Bar Beach Police Station, Victoria Island, on June 6, 2020. That attempt was thwarted by an officer of the law at the said police barracks,” her assertion on Wednesday mentioned.
Detailing a timeline of occasions, she mentioned, “December 30, 2018: D’Banj gained access into my hotel room at past midnight while I was asleep, he violated and raped me.
“third June, 2020: Following an internet put up about D’Banj saying not yo rape, I known as him out on his hypocrisy, by giving an in depth account of how he raped me in 2018.
“5th June 2020: I publicly shared a document from my lawyer regarding the situation.
“6 June, 2020: I visited police station to make a proper report, however was not attended to.
“15 June, 2020: D’Banj through his legal representative published a document in response to my lawyer’s document demanding N100m in damages.
“16th June, 2020: Four (4) armed policemen stormed my condo and arrested me with no warrant. They seized my telephones, different private results and detained me within the police cell in a single day at IGP-IRT workplace at Harlod Shodipo, Ikeja.
“16th June, 2020: A friend reached out to a journalist who had been in contact with me earlier raised alarm that neither they nor my lawyer’s could reach me. My mom was also contacted to inform her of the ongoing situation.
“17th June 2020: With numerous efforts, I used to be launched from custody after being made to signal to a gag order by the police. I spent the night time in a location of D’Banj’s crew’s selecting, which was not made identified to the general public.
“18th June, 2020: I was isolated from my family, coerced, pressured and intimidated in person by D’Banj and his team to retract all statement and announce that my testimony was a publicity stunt.
“Since 18th June 2020, D’Banj by means of his crew has continued to harass me with incessant calls, boasting that he (D’Banj) should buy anybody off inside the justice system in Lagos.”
The young lady said Mrs Akeredolu (SAN), former Attorney-General of Ogun State, has put her full weight behind her and will be providing legal support.
Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered an investigation into the matter.
Meanwhile, D’Banj in an Instagram post on June 22 said he was innocent.
He said, “Innocent till confirmed responsible. Stop the social media trial. Say no to rape and human rights violation.”