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RAPE ALLEGATION! Dbanj's Rape Accuser, Seyitan Babatayo Releases Press Statement, Says She Was Bullied Into Silence


Jun. 24, 2020

Miss Seyitan Babatayo, the lady who accused veteran singer Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, popularly known as D'banj, of rape, has released a press statement detailing everything surrounding the rape case. She also officially filed a criminal complaint at the Gender Desk of Lagos Police Headquarters in Ikeja on June 22.
In the statement, Seyitan insisted that she was raped by D'banj. She also claimed that he arrested and intimidated her after she came out with her story then threatened that he can "buy off anyone within the justice system in Lagos. She also said she was  "violated and raped" by D'banj after he allegedly gained access to her hotel room on December 30, 2018. 
She said "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, Ikeja".  She explained that she was released from custody after being made to sign a gag order by the Police and D'banj's team, and could only post on social media what had been approved by D'banj's team. 
She added that she was isolated from her family, coerced, pressured and intimidated in person by Dbanj and his team to retract all statements and to announce that her testimony was a publicity stunt. She appreciated her friend and the STER group; 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'banj 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. 
She also revealed that Dbanj, through his team has continued to harass her with incessant calls "boasting that he (Dbanj) can buy off anyone within the Justice system in Lagos". 
She said; I understand that Internet users, coordinated by the Wine and Whine team also raised about 1.6m Naira to contribute to my legal defense and support my ongoing needs. These funds have so far been handed over to Stand To End Rape Initiative (STER), who have and still continue to provide therapy and mental healthcare for me, whilst also ensuring my physical safety to ensure neither D'banj nor the Police can continue to harass or intimidate me. 
Seyitan said she's still dealing with the "effects of the rape, the trauma of recounting that multiple times this week, and the indignity of being held against my will for two (2) days." She appreciates everyone who stood by her in person and online and asks for some time to heal with she gives her full support in the course of investigations. 
Read the full press statement here; 
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