The police on Saturday cleared popular Nigerian singer, D’banj, of the rape allegations leveled against him by one Miss Seyitan Babatayo.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Umar Sanda, disclosed this in a report issued on behalf of Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigations Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
Police said in the report that its investigation unit did not find any substantial evidence to prove that D’banj committed the act and that Babatayo had withdrawn her petition against the singer.
The woman had last month claimed that the singer forcibly gained access to her hotel room and raped her.
However, D’banj had dismissed the allegation as the handiwork of his enemies who were out to destroy his hard-earned reputation.
The musician subsequently filed a N1.5 billion defamation suit against his accuser despite the support she got from a prominent women’s rights group.
The police said: “This is a case of indecent assault on female, rape, intimidation, and a threat to life reported by Seyitan Babatayo through a petition letter dated June 5, 2020, by the Law firm of Ojoge, Omileye, and Partners against Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo a.k.a D’banj.
“The petition is to the Inspector-General of Police which was endorsed to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police FCID for investigation and further referred to the ACP SEB/PEPF for investigation and report.
“The fact of this case is that on December 30, 2018, Mr. Franklin Amudo who was a manager to the suspect invited the complainant Seyitan to an all-white party at Eko Atlantic in Lagos, where the suspect performed as a guest music artiste.
“The complainant alleged that D’banj had sex with her against her wish but in view of the foregoing facts, the investigation was discontinued as there was no substantial evidence to prove the allegation of rape against the suspect.”
Meanwhile, Babatayo has denied a statement that she reached out to human rights activist and #ENDSARS advocate, Mr. Segun Awosanya, a.k.a Segalink and asked for his intervention in the rape case.
Babatayo urged her supporters especially STER, a non-governmental organisation to act with honesty in the matter even as she expressed appreciation for the group’s support so far.