I’m Still Traumatised – Seyitan Babatayo Who Accused D’banj Of Rape Says

“It has stayed with me for a long time. I demanded an apology then, and still demand for it now. I finally gathered the strength to demand for it in a louder tone!”

Ms. Seyitan Babatayo called out popular Nigerian singer, Dapo Oyebanjo aka D’banj, for raping her at Glee hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos, in 2018 / Photo credit: Dbanj's twitter page.
Ms. Seyitan Babatayo called out popular Nigerian singer, Dapo Oyebanjo aka D’banj, for raping her at Glee hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos, in 2018 / Photo credit: Dbanj's twitter page.

Seyitan Babatayo has formally laid a complaint of rape against Oladapo Oyebanjo popularly known as D’banj at the Gender Desk of the Nigeria Police Force in Lagos.

Babatayo who narrated her ordeal at the hands police officers after going public with her accusation against the popular music entertainer, said she was still dealing with the aftermath of rape experience, the trauma of recounting it multiple times and the indignity of being held against her will for two days.

She has however asked the Attorney General of Lagos State, Moyosore Onigbamjo to take over the case.

Babatayo said in a statement on Wednesday that she made the formal complaint on June 22 after trying unsuccessfully to do the same at the Bar Beach Police Station on June 6, 2020 where her attempts were frustrated.

She said in the statement, “My story is one I have carried around for almost two years but in the words of Timi Dakolo, when you finally decide it will amaze you where the needed strength will come from.”

According to Babatayo, “On 16th June, almost two weeks after going public with my story, I was arrested by four armed police officers, who under the pretence as delivery agents, gained entry into my home.

“I was taken to IGP IRT office in Harold Shodipo, Ikeja and detained in a cell like a criminal. My mum was not arrested contrary to widespread speculation.

She said, “In that cell, I had the right to remain silent, limited access to a lawyer, yet still oblivious to the crime I was being detained for. I spent almost 48 hours at the police station, without being charges for a single crime.

“When I requested to know the reason for the detention, the police refused to answer, but they continued to treat me like a criminal.”

She said her goal, “from the beginning was never financial gain. I was violated by D’banj, that unwarranted and violent experience has never left me.

“It has stayed with me for a long time. I demanded an apology then, and still demand for it now. I finally gathered the strength to demand for it in a louder tone!”

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