Online Petition to Strip D’banj of UN Appointments Nears 15,000 Signatures

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Some Nigerians have started signing an online petition demanding the United Nations to remove Nigerian Hip Hop artist, Oladapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’Banj, as a youth ambassador.

They also called the attention of brands such as Heritage Bank Africa, One Africa, CSA Global, and other establishments associated with D’Banj to end their commercial relationship with him and stand in support of victims of sexual violence.

The singer denied any wrongdoing and has demanded a sum of N100 million and a public apology to be published in four national dailies from his accuser.

Following the accusation, the Ogun State born artist allegedly made Miss Seyitan and her mother to be arrested by police and had her tweets which contain the allegations deleted. 

The petition which was started by one E.Pooola 20 hours ago on Change.Org had hit 14, 310 as of 11.10 am on Friday.

It read in part, “We call on the United Nations, and United Nations Women Africa organisations to remove Nigerian artiste Mr Dapo Oyebanjo as a youth ambassador and distance themselves from his actions following the sponsored kidnap of Seyitan who accused D’Banj of rape and sexual assault which happened in 2018.

“Women in Nigeria are increasingly at risk of sexual violence and the United Nations and United Nations Women Africa as an entity committed to the empowerment of women should not be seen to associate themselves with alleged rapists, abusers, and kidnappers.

“We ask the United Nations and United Nations Women Africa to support and lend their influence in helping Seyitan get justice for the abuse she endured in 2018 and the harassment and bullying in the past weeks.”

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had ordered a probe into the allegations of rape levelled against D’Banj.

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