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Deputy Commissioner of Police (Admin), Umar Sanda,on Friday, said the Nigeria Police Force has discontinued the investigation into the alleged rape against star musician, Oladapo Oyebanjo, popularly known D’Banj, due to lack of evidence.
The Police also said it was unable to prove a case of rape and cleared the musician.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that, the Police action was as a result of the withdrawal of the case by the alleged victim,Seyitan Babatayo.
Babatayo was reported to have written the police asking it to drop the case, citing personal reasons.
In a letter dated July 17, 2020 addressed to the Inspector-General of Police through her lawyer, Olamide Omileye, Babatayo urged the police to also drop investigation of the case.
The letter reads: “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.”
Human rights group, Stand To End Rape Initiative popularly known as STER, said Seyitan decided to end the case without receiving any monetary compensation.
STER, which was actively in support of Seyitan’s quest for justice, thanked everyone.
It said: “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.”
Seyitan accused D’Banj of raping her at Glee Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos in December 2018, an allegation he has denied several times.
D’Banj had sued Seyitan for N1.5bn over the allegation, adding that it had caused him untold embarrassment and psychological trauma.
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