Seyitan Babatayo has withdrawn her rape petition against Oladapo Oyebanjo aka Dbanj citing personal reasons.
Seyitan had accused D’Banj of raping her at Glee Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos in December 2018, an allegation Dbanj has denied several times.
The singer then sued Seyitan for N1.5bn over the allegation, adding that it had caused him untold embarrassment and psychological trauma.
The case has now been discontinued by the accuser with the Police also stating that it is unable to establish a case of rape against the musician,
In a letter dated July 17, 2020 addressed to the Inspector-General of Police through her lawyer, Olamide Omileye, she said she was withdrawing from the case for personal reasons.
The letter read in part, “We hereby officially notify you of our client’s intention to withdraw and discontinue her petition against Mr. Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo aka D’Banj for personal reasons. Our client further humbly applies that the investigation and all other action that is currently being carried out by the police with respect to the statement.”
In his response to the letter, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Admin), Umar Sanda, said the 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, the investigation was discontinued as no substantial evidence to prove the allegation of rape against the suspect.”
Human rights group, Stand To End Rape Initiative, STER, said Seyitan decided to end the case without receiving any monetary compensation.
The statement read in part, “On July 13, 2020, Ms. Babatayo 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.”
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