Nigerian musician and entrepreneur, Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, better known as D’banj, has responded to some social media reactions to the rape allegations leveled against him by a lady named Seyitan Babatayo, jnsisting he is innocent until proven guilty.
The 40-year-old said this on Monday 22nd of June 2020, when he shared a video of himself dancing on Instagram with a caption,
Innocent until proven guilty. Stop social media trial. #SAY no to rape and human rights violation.”
Some Nigerian celebrities have taken to social media to pour out their annoyance as events continue to unfold in the case of a woman who accused D’banj, a singer, of sexually assaulting her in a Lagos hotel room.
In the wake of the recent conversations about sexual assault and violence against women in the media landscape, Seyitan Babatayo claimed that the entertainer raped her at the Glee hotel located on Victoria Island, Lagos, in 2018. She had also demanded an apology from the singer.
D’banj, however, denied the accusations and demanded the sum of N100 million as compensation from her. He also branded her claims as a “slap on his marriage”.
Last Tuesday, Seyitan was reportedly arrested by the police, and some Twitter users who claimed to be in contact with her gave updates concerning the arrest.
A few days later, the lady’s whereabouts remained unknown as posts promoting one of D’banj’s songs surfaced on her Twitter page.
“To be very honest, this was never our intention, we love you guys, let’s leave our life stress free #StressByDbanj,” one of the tweets reads.
On further scrutiny, it was discovered that all her previous posts containing the rape allegations against the musician had been deleted.
This development has since sparked a flurry of negative reactions on the microblogging platform as a number of Nigerians, including celebrities, have registered their different takes on the issue.
While some users accused D’banj of “coercing” her to delete the tweets, others requested for calm until the truth about the issue comes out.
“As with many cases of sexual assault/violence, l am looking at the evidence of the power, opportunity and now apparent suppression using Nigeria police who need to explain why #seyitan was arrested, detained and intimidated. The system continues to invalidate the experience of women and that we must challenge at all cost,” Funmi Iyanda wrote.
“All Seyitan wanted was an apology for a crime committed. The tweets might be deleted from her page, but it’s on the internet and internet never forgets,” a Twitter user said.
Timini Egbuson also aired his own view in the tweet by saying “I am normally against cancelling culture, but D’banj is cancelled in my books for real if this is some sort of publicity stunt.”
“How can you defend yourself from criminal accusations by asking your team to commit more crimes on your behalf? Dbanj if you are not guilty, then this route is incredibly damning and reeks of desperation. It is abhorrent to use your power and influence in this way”. Eku Edewor wrote
This act has sparked a rape debate and outrage on social media with D’Banj trending for the last two days.
However, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, ordered a probe into the allegations of rape levelled against D’Banj.
IGP orders probe of D’banj over rape allegation
The order was given by the IGP in response to a petition Mr. Tommy Ojoge-Daniel, a lawyer representing Miss Seyitan Babatayo who accused D’Banj of raping her in 2018 wrote.
The letter with reference number CB.7000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOl.484/801 which was written by the Principal Staff Officer to the IG, DCP Idowu Owohunwa and addressed to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Area 10, Garki, Abuja, came after the singer was accused of intimidating the alleged rape victim by getting her arrested.
It reads in part;
‘Re: Petition Against (1) Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (Aka D’Banj) for Rape Indecent Sexual Assault, Attempted Assault on Miss Seyitan Temidayo
“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.”
Almost 15,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the United Nations and other organizations to strip Oladapo Oyebanjo aka D’Banj of his appointment.
D’banj, who is currently in the waters of a rape accusation, is United Nations Ambassador for Peace.
Other brands in a commercial relationship with D’banj include Heritage Bank Africa, One Africa, CSA Global, and others not mentioned here.
However, they have all been called to end their commercial relationship with him and stand in support of victims of sexual violence levelled against D’Banj.