Seyitan Babatayo, a lady who has accused Oladapo Oyebanjo, a singer popularly known as D’banj, of rape, has said police operatives forced to sign an order to publish only information on social media approved by the singer’s team.
Babatayo made the allegation in a statement issued on her behalf by Stand To End Rape Initiative, a non-governmental organisation, on Wednesday.
According to the lady, she was arrested by police operatives attached to Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Inspector-General of Police on 16 June following her 3 June narration on Twitter of her alleged ordeal in the hands of D’banj.
She claimed that after she was released, she was intimidated by D’banj in person alongside his team to announce that her allegation was a publicity stunt.
She said: “On June 16, 2020, four 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.
“On June 17, 2020, with various efforts, I 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. I spent the night in a location of D’banj’s team’s choosing, which was not made known to the public.
“On June 18, 2020, I was isolated from my family, coerced, pressured and intimidated in person by D’banj and his team to retract all statements and to announce that my testimony was a publicity stunt.
“Thanks to my friend, thanks to the Executive Director of Stand To End Rape Initiative 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.”
Babatayo also stated that her mother, contrary to information shared on social media, was not arrested.
She insisted that her alleged expose against the singer was not done for financial gains.
She also revealed that she has made a formal criminal complaint against D’banj at the Lagos Police Command headquarters in Ikeja on Monday.
Babatayo thanked the Lagos State Attorney-General for asking the Commissioner of Police to investigate the rape allegations.
She also thanked Nigerians for continuing to support her even as she revealed that N1.6m had been raised from well-meaning Nigerians through an NGO- STER.
The lady had accused D’banj of raping her in her room in Glee Hotel sometimes in December 2018.
D’banj had denied the allegations, demanding a public apology and N100m from his accuser.