Drama Looms As D’Banj Continues N1.5bn Libel Case After Seyitan Withdrew Petition
Seyitan and Dbanj
Musician, Oladapo Oyebanjo, aka D’Banj, is forging forward with the N1.5bn libel swimsuit filed in opposition to Miss Seyitan Babatayo, who accused him of r*pe, regardless of the latter withdrawing a petition submitted to the Inspector-Normal of Police.
D’Banj’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), disclosed this in an interview with Saturday PUNCH on Friday.
“They withdrew their petition however the police stated they might not show a case of rape in opposition to D’Banj. This reality shouldn’t be hidden. It’s primarily based on this they’re begging him to withdraw the case however I’ve not acquired any letter from my consumer asking me to withdraw the case. So, the case in courtroom remains to be alive,” Ozekhome stated.
D’Banj had on July three, 2020, filed a defamation swimsuit earlier than an FCT Excessive Court docket requesting the courtroom to order Seyitan to tender a letter of apology for the accusations directed at him, which he claimed has prompted him “embarrassment, ridicule, derision, marital disharmony, psychological 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 by means of the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Admin), Umar Sanda, stated investigation had discontinued attributable to lack of proof.
The letter posted on Twitter by blogger, Kemi Olunloyo, learn partially, “In view of the foregoing details, investigation was discontinued as no substantial proof to show the allegation of rape in opposition to the suspect.”
Human rights group, Stand To Finish Rape Initiative, popularly often known as STER, stated Seyitan determined to finish the case with out receiving any financial compensation.
STER, which was actively in help of Seyitan’s quest for justice, thanked everybody.
The assertion learn partially, “On July 13, 2020, Ms. Babatayo (Seyitan) knowledgeable STER personal non-monetary settlement was reached with D’Banj’s staff. We, due to this fact, current this assertion as the complete account of our stewardship on this matter.”
Seyitan had accused D’Banj of raping her at Glee Resort, Victoria Island, Lagos in December 2018, an allegation he has denied a number of occasions.
Talking with Saturday PUNCH on Friday, a lawyer to Seyitan, Mr. Tommy Ojoge-Daniel, stated D’Banj had but to impact service on his consumer.
Ojoge-Daniel stated his consumer determined to withdraw the criticism in opposition to D’Banj for private causes. He, nevertheless, stated they might not be intimidated by the N1.5bn libel swimsuit.
“We now have not but been served with the processes. Nevertheless, we’re not afraid of any libel swimsuit. Our consumer solely determined to withdraw the petition for private causes,” the lawyer stated.