Nigerian music star, D’Banj continues N1.5bn libel case as Seyitan withdraws petition

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Musician , Oladapo Oyebanjo , aka D’ Banj , is forging ahead with the N 1 . 5 bn libel suit filed against Miss Seyitan Babatayo , who accused him of rape , despite the latter withdrawing a petition submitted to the Inspector – General of Police .

D’ Banj ’ s lawyer , Mike Ozekhome (SAN), disclosed this in an interview with Saturday PUNCH on Friday.

“They withdrew their petition but the police said they could not prove a case of rape against D ’ Banj .

This fact should not be hidden . It is based on this they are begging him to withdraw the case but I have not received any letter from my client asking me to withdraw the case .

So , the case in court is still alive , ” Ozekhome said .

D’ Banj had on July 3 , 2020 , filed a defamation suit before an FCT High Court requesting the court to order Seyitan to tender a letter of apology for the accusations directed at him , which he claimed has caused him “embarrassment , ridicule , derision, marital disharmony , mental agony , and psychological trauma . ”

Seyitan , who had accused D’ Banj of raping her in 2018 , later wrote a letter to the IG withdrawing the petition .

In his response to the letter , the IG though the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Admin) , Umar Sanda , said investigation had discontinued due to lack of evidence.

The letter posted on Twitter by blogger, Kemi Olunloyo , read in part, “In view of the foregoing facts , investigation was discontinued as no substantial evidence to prove the allegation of rape against the suspect. ”

Human rights group , Stand To End Rape Initiative, popularly known as STER , said Seyitan decided to end the case without receiving any monetary compensation .

STER , which was actively in support of Seyitan ’ s quest for justice , thanked everyone .

The statement read in part, “ On July 13, 2020, Ms. Babatayo (Seyitan ) informed STER that a private non -monetary agreement was reached with D’ Banj ’ s team .

We, therefore, present this statement as the full account of our stewardship on this matter. ”

Seyitan had accused D’ Banj of raping her at Glee Hotel , Victoria Island, Lagos in December 2018 , an allegation he has denied several times.

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Speaking with Saturday PUNCH on Friday , a lawyer to Seyitan , Mr. Tommy Ojoge – Daniel , said D’ Banj had yet to effect service on his client .

Ojoge – Daniel said his client decided to withdraw the complaint against D’ Banj for personal reasons .

He , however , said they would not be intimidated by the N 1 . 5 bn libel suit .

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“ We have not yet been served with the processes.

However , we are not afraid of any libel suit .

Our client only decided to withdraw the petition for personal reasons , ” the lawyer said .

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