Mohammed Adamu, Inspector General of Police (IGP), has ordered a probe into the allegation of rape levelled against singer, Oladapo Oyebanjo, also known as D’Banj.
This is contained in a letter with reference number CB.7000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOl.484/801, signed by the principal staff officer to the IGP, DCP Idowu Owohunwa.
The letter was addressed to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Area 10, Garki, Abuja.
The IGP’s letter was in response to a petition written by Tommy Ojoge-Daniel, a lawyer to Seyitan Babatayo, who accused D’Banj of raping her in 2018.
The letter, written by the IGP, is titled, ‘Re: Petition Against (1) Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (Aka D’Banj) for Rape, Indecent Sexual Assault, Attempted Assault on Miss Seyitan Temidayo’.
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“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,” the letter read in part.
“Accept the assurances of my esteemed regards please.”
Babatayo’s friend, Benjamin Ese, in a Twitter thread in early June, had told a story of how the artiste allegedly raped the victim 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 Babatayo’s hotel room around 2.00am in the morning.
“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,” Ese said in the thread, which has since sparked an outrage.
She said D’Banj “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.”
According to Ese, the rape experience has caused her friend trauma since the incident happened.
One month after Ese’s tweets, Babatayo revealed herself as the lady allegedly raped by the former signee of defunct record label, Mo’Hits Records.
The musician, however, denied the allegation, and asked his accuser to make a public apology.
He also demanded N100 million in damages.
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It was reported that some policemen, who were said to be acting on instructions of the Oliver Twist crooner, on Tuesday, detained Babatayo for over 24 hours, intimidated her, and forced her to delete all chats, social media posts and other vital information from her phone.