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IGP orders probe of rape allegation against D’Banj



In response to a petition written to the Inspector General of Police by Tommy Ojoge-Daniel, a lawyer to Miss Seyitan Babatayo, who accused music star, Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo popularly known as D’Banj of raping her in 2018, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered a probe into the rape allegations.

The order was contained in a letter with reference number CB.7000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOl.484/801, signed by the Principal Staff Officer to the IG, DCP Idowu Owohunwa, and addressed to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Area 10, Garki, Abuja.

Titled: “Re: Petition Against (1) Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (Aka D’Banj) for Rape Indecent Sexual Assault, Attempted Assault on Miss Seyitan Temidayo, I forward herewith a copy of a letter dated June 5, 2020, received from Ojoge, Omileye and Partners on the above-underlined subject. I am to respectfully convey the directive of the Inspector-General of Police that you treat. Accept the assurances of my esteemed regards please,” the letter read.


One Benjamin Ese, had in a Twitter thread in early June, told the story of how the Koko Master, as the music star is also called, allegedly raped her friend, Seyitan, at a hotel in December 2018. She said the sexual assault happened at an all-white party where D’Banj allegedly offered her friend some money to spend the night, which she rejected until he surprisingly showed up in Seyitan’s hotel room in the wee hours.

Weeks after Ese’s tweets, Seyitan came out publicly to present herself as the lady who was allegedly raped by the Mobolowon crooner. According to her, the Oliver Twist singer gained entrance to her room while she was asleep and raped her after she had turned him down at a party earlier.

“So I slept off within 5/6 am and pls note (I’m a naked sleeper) and woke up and found Dbanj in my room already and I asked him what he was doing in my room, he didn’t say a word and ‘asked if I was a baby’ and started fingering me. I went ahead to threaten him that I was going to shout. He said if I shout I’ll leave the hotel naked,” part of her tweets read.

The musician, who was busy events to mark his 40th birthday, has, however, denied the allegations and asked his accuser to make a public apology published in four national dailies and also pay him the sum of N100m in damages.

He made the demand through lawyers, Mike Ozekhome Chambers. Addressing the false allegations, D’Banj, who all along remained silent on the issue, in an Instagram post on Monday, June 15, said it is ‘lies from the pit of hell.’


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