Nigerian singer, Oladapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’banj, has sued his rape accuser, Seyitan Babatayo, for N1.5 billion.
The singer, in an initial lawsuit, had demanded N100 million in damages from Babatayo, for “defamation of character”, after she accused him of rape and demanded an apology through her lawyers.
But D’banj has now through his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome Chambers, asked Babatayo to pay N1.5 billion.
The amount is being demanded in damages “over the untold embarrassment, derision, public ridicule, odium, obloguy, marital disharmony, mental agony and psychological trauma which the Defendants’ tweets and publication have caused the claimant.”
According to him, N500 million is for “aggravated, puniitive, and exemplary damages”.
The suit also demanded that Babatayo writes D’banj “a letter of unreserved apology for the offensive tweets and posts”.
D’banj’s lawyers also prayed the court to grant “an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendant from further publishing, tweeting or posting offesnive libelous statements.”
In a statement released last week, the alleged rape victim had detailed the timeline of her case with D’banj.
She had initially posted a tweet denying that she was arrested on D’banj’s orders. Bbatayo also said she wanted to put everything behind her.
However, in the statement released afterwards, she said she was arrested and held for 24 hours, after which she was released to D’banj’s team, who took her to an undisclosed location, denied her access to her family and lawyers.
Babatayo also accused the artiste’s team of taking over control of her social media account, and coerced her to retract her statement.
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Below are court documents from D’banj’s lawyer.