Police Clears Veteran Singer, D’Banj as Seyitan Withdraws Rape Petition
Nigerian music star Oyebanjo Dapo also known as D’banj has settled with Seyitan Babatayo, the 25-year-old woman who accused him of rape.
This happened just as the police said it has been unable to establish a case of rape against the musician,
In the latest development on the case, Stand To End Rape (S.T.E.R) a non-profit geared towards helping rape victims, who were involved in the case have released a statement that revealed that D’banj and the accuser reached a ‘non-monetary settlement’.
“On 13th of July 2020, Ms Babatayo informed STER that a non-monetary agreement was reached with D’banj’s team,” part of the statement read.
In the statement, STER said they refused to be involved in talks over a settlement as it goes against the organisation’s policy.
“Such settlements, in our experience, often involve an asymmetry of power between the accused and the victim,” STER said.
“More importantly, while private settlements are usual in civil disputes, they are, however, not applicable to criminal cases, particularly where a felony has been alleged to have been committed, only the State has the authority to discontinue a criminal investigation and prosecution.”
Seyitan had 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.