The Inspector – General of Police , Mohammed Adamu , has ordered a probe into the allegations of rape levelled against Music Icon , Oladapo Oyebanjo aka 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 IG , DCP Idowu Owohunwa .
The letter was addressed to the Deputy Inspector – General of Police , Force Criminal Investigation Department , Area 10, Garki , Abuja .
The IG ’ s letter was in response to a petition written to the IG by Mr. Tommy Ojoge – Daniel , a lawyer to Miss Seyitan Babatayo , who accused D’ Banj of raping her in 2018 .
The letter written by the IG is titled , ‘ Re : Petition Against (1 ) Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (Aka D’ Banj ) for Rape Indecent Sexual Assault , Attempted Assault on Miss Seyitan Temidayo
The letter read in part, “ 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. ”
Seyitan ’ s friend , Benjamin Ese , in a Twitter thread in early June had told the story of how D’ Banj allegedly raped Seyitan at a hotel two years ago – in December 2018.
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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 Seyitan ’ s hotel room around 2 in the midnight .
“ 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 allegedly “ 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 . ”
The rape experience , Ese said had caused Seyitan some trauma since the incident happened .
One month after Ese ’ s tweets , Seyitan came out publicly to present herself as the lady who was allegedly raped by D’ Banj in December 2018.
The musician , however , denied the allegations levelled against him and asked his accuser to make a public apology and also pay him the sum of N 100 m in damages .
On Tuesday, however , some policemen allegedly acting on the instruction of the Oliver Twist crooner detained Seyitan for over 24 hours and intimidated her , making her delete all chats , social media posts and other vital information from her phone .
The incident has sparked an outrage on social media with D’ Banj trending on social media for the last two days
D’ Banj is one of Nigeria ’ s biggest artists having won several music awards , including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007 , Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009, Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards , and Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards and the Evolution award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards .
Feminists and several rights groups have called on the police to ensure that justice is served regardless of the musician ’ s status .
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