In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 18th, June, 2020

Alleged R*pe: How D’banj’s Accuser Was ‘Compelled’ To Delete Tweets

Alleged R*pe: How D'banj’s Accuser Was 'Forced' To Delete Tweets

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Seyitan Babatayo, who accused fashionable Nigerian singer, D’banj, of raping her has been ‘compelled’ to delete her tweets detailing her encounter with the singer in 2018, her attorneys instructed PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday.

Ms Babatayo’s lawyer, Olamide Omileye of Ojoge, Omileye, and Companions, instructed this newspaper that their consumer deleted the tweets underneath duress whereas in police custody on Tuesday.

In accordance with him, Ms Babatayo was compelled to put up new tweets claiming that she was not arrested and that she needed to maneuver on from every little thing.

“They compelled her to make these new tweets when she was in custody. They compelled her to delete all her tweets and intimidated the hell out of her life,” he mentioned.

PREMIUM TIMES reported that Ms. Babatayo was picked up by policemen from Sodipo command as confirmed by her authorized representatives.

Ms. Babatayo’s attorneys additionally mentioned the problem has escalated past her expectations as she was solely out “to talk her fact, inform her story so all people can transfer on”.

“The lady has been so traumatised since she was launched. She couldn’t imagine it. When she was relating what occurred to us yesterday, she was crying a lot that.

“She mentioned she slept in the identical room, on the ground with criminals. She couldn’t imagine that she was made to undergo that by the Nigerian Police, simply because she needed to inform her personal story,” they mentioned.

The Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, didn’t decide calls to his cell and had but to answer to an inquiry on Ms Babatayo’s allegations as of press time.

Group condemns arrest


A biennial public coverage discussion board, Nigerian Feminist Discussion board, in a press release on Wednesday strongly condemned Ms. Babatayo’s arrest.

They described her arrest as an try and “victimise, silence, intimidate and topic her to merciless and degrading remedy.”

“Ms Babatayo made this report on twitter a couple of weeks in the past and on June 16, 2020, was arrested by males of the Nigerian police drive on the Sodipo Command, Ikeja, Lagos.

“She was detained for a lot of hours and entry to her lawyer and different activists prepared to intervene was denied. Through the course of detention, her telephone was allegedly confiscated whereas her tweets accusing Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo have been deleted, barring one,” their assertion partly learn.

The group additionally added that it is very important create a possibility for victims of sexual assault to report and out their abusers in a pursuit for justice.

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“Legislation enforcement officers shouldn’t be utilized by individuals with perceived recognition or energy to abuse individuals who may need a official declare in opposition to them,”
their launch learn partly.

The group additionally instructed this newspaper that their deliberate press convention scheduled for Thursday morning in Lagos, has been suspended. In accordance with them, Ms. Babatayo was anticipated to handle the media on the gathering.


“Ms. Babatayo is just not in a great mind set. She is damaged after what she went by way of on Tuesday. Her detention and the intimidation she acquired from the police have actually devastated her, “
the group defined.

Background


A Nigerian mannequin scout, Benjamin Ese, alleged that D’banj (actual identify Dapo Oyebanjo) raped his good friend on December 31, 2018, at Glee Lodge in Victoria Island, Lagos.

After the accusation made on June three, the woman got here out to disclose herself and provides her account of her encounter with D’banj.

She, thereafter, demanded a public apology from the entertainer by way of her attorneys.

On June 15, D’banj, by way of his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, sued Ms Babatayo and demanded N100 million as compensation for falsely accusing him of rape.

In a letter signed by Mr Ozekhome, a senior advocate of Nigeria, and addressed to Ms Babatayo’s attorneys, the singer demanded that his accuser pays the sum inside 48 hours or threat authorized motion.

In the identical letter, the singer additionally demanded letter of apology and retraction of her statements be written by his accuser and printed in 4 nationwide dailies.

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Supply: PREMIUM TIMES

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