Seyitan, the girl lady who accused singer D’banj of raping her in 2018, has shared her side of the story about what transpired following her recent arrest by the artist.
Releasing an official press statement on June 23, 2020, the woman named Seyitan Babatayo disclosed that her mother’s support has been one of the things that have kept her going since being held against her will.
According to her, she was arrested by 4 armed policemen on 16th June 2020. She says they came under the pretext of delivery agents and gained entry into her home.
She was then taken to the IGP IRT office in Harold Shodipo, Ikeja where she was “detained like a criminal.” Contrary to speculations, her mother wasn’t arrested and she made several attempts to secure her release.
While in the police cell, Seyitan says she was told to remain silent, had limited access to her lawyer, and spent almost 48 hours in detention without being charged for a single crime.
Due to the distorted facts being spread in the media, she further clarified that:
- D’banj gained access to her room on December 30, 2018, at past midnight while she was asleep. He then violated and raped her.
- Following the singer’s online post on June 3, 2020, saying no to rape, she decided to call him out for his hypocrisy by giving a detailed account of how he raped her.
- On June 5, 2020, she publicly shared a document from her lawyer regarding the situation.
- Visited the police station on June 6, 2020, to make a formal report but was not attended to
- On June 15, 2020, D’banj through his legal reps published a document in response to her lawyer’s document, demanding N100 million in damages.
- June 16, 2020, saw four armed policemen storm her apartment and arrest her without a warrant, seizing her phones and other personal effects.
- That same day (June 16), a friend reached out to a journalist who raised the alarm that nobody could reach her. Seyitan’s mother was also contacted then.
- On June 17, 2020, she was released from detention after being made to sign a gag order by the police and D’banj’s team to only post on social media what had been approved by them. She spent the night in a place of D’banj’s choosing, which was not revealed to the public.
- On June 18, 2020, she was coerced, intimidated, isolated, and pressured by D’banj and his team to retract all her statements and to announce that her testimony was a publicity stunt. Fortunately for Seyitan, her friend, the Executive Director of Stand To End Rape Initiative (STER), and other activists swung into action and tracked her to the location where she was being held using satellite mapping. She was immediately taken away to a safe place for immediate support.
Seyitan concluded that since the day she was rescued, D’banj through his team has continued to harass her with incessant calls, with the artist boasting that he could buy off anyone within the justice system in Lagos.
See images of her press statement below:
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