Nigerian singer Oladapo Oyebanjo, popularly known by his stage name D’banj is facing intense scrutiny and a huge social media backlash over a rape accusation that threatens to leave his legacy in tatters.
D’banj is facing a counterblast over alleged use of police to try to silence Seyitan Babatayowho alleged that the singer raped her in December 2018.
The drama started when Benjamin Ese, a model scout, first revealed on Twitter that D’banj had raped his friend Babatayo at Glee Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos.
Babatayo later confirmed the claim with details of what transpired that night in a now-deleted set of 13 tweets on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.
Thankfully, the internet doesn’t forget.
Here’s a link to Seyitan’s (now) deleted tweets…
I’d like to see how the bullies delete it.https://t.co/Ha2cn9isKi
— Mz. B @ CocktailsByMzB! (@PurpleEllipsis) June 17, 2020
Babatayo revealed that D’banj gained entrance to her hotel room while she was sleeping and raped her after she had turned him down at a party earlier.
D’Banj remained silent on the allegation until Monday, June 15 when he shared an Instagram post to ‘address the recent false allegations and lies from the pit of hell’.
Through his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome Chambers, D’Banj demanded Babatayo to pay N100m as compensation and also a letter of apology and withdraw her statements which would be published in four national dailies.
The matter took a different turn on Wednesday, June 17 when Babatayo was reportedly arrested.
Her lawyer Olamide Omileye of Ojoge, Omileye, and Partners, claimed that she was forced to delete her tweets on the rape allegation while in police custody.
While she was allegedly missing on Thursday, her Twitter account shared a yet-to-be-released record by D’banj which left many confused.
Despite her denial, those who claim to have knowledge of the issue insist she spent Wednesday night in police custody as D’banj is trying to bully her.
I just spoke to @seyitannn_ . She’s ok now. She was arrested and had all her things seized & left in a cell with criminals. D’banj’ team pressured her into those tweets & threatened to leave her in prison if she didn’t recant the allegation.
— Dorcas Shola Fapson (@Ms_DSF) June 18, 2020