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IGP Orders Probe Of Policemen Who Arrested D’banj’s Rape Accuser

Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police, has ordered the probe of the police officers who allegedly arrested and detained Seyitan Babatayo, the woman who accused Oladapo Oyebanjo, a singer popularly known as D’banj, of raping her.

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Adamu issued the directive in a letter dated 25 June, with reference number CZ:7050/IGP.SEC/ABJ/Vol. 132/978, and was signed on his behalf by DCP Idowu Owohunwa, his Principal Staff Officer.

The IGP’s order is sequel to a petition submitted on Seyitan’s behalf by her legal team Ojoge, Omileye and Partners.

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The petition alleged that policemen attached to the Intelligence Response Team arrested Seyitan on the directive of D’Banj and detained her for over 24 hours.

It also claimed that she was denied access to her lawyers, her phone was seized and she faced psychological torture in the hands of the policemen.

Following the petition, IGP Adamu addressed a letter to to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Garki, entitled; ‘Re: Petition Against Inspector Abraham, Supol Ugowe and the Entire Police Officers Team at Ikeja, Lagos Division of the Inspector General of Police.’

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The letter partly read: “I forward forthwith copy of a letter dated 18 June, with its attachment received from Ojoge, Omileye and Partners on the above subject.

“I am to respectfully convey the directive of the Inspector-General of Police that you deal.”

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Seyitan had in a statement issued on her behalf by Stand To End Rape Initiative, a non-governmental organisation, last Wednesday, announced that she has made a formal criminal complaint against D’banj.

She said the complaint was made last Monday at the Lagos Police Command headquarters in Ikeja.

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The petition read: “On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, our client was picked up alongside a friend, Favour, at her residence in Lagos by the officers of the Ikeja IGP IRT. The arrest was without any warrant and neither our client nor her friend, Favour, was informed of the reasons for their arrest.

“According to our client, she was told to write a statement denying ever meeting with Mr. Oyebanjo (D’Banj) and to also state that she lied against the person of Mr. Oyebanjo. In actual fact, our client was about to write the statement which she believed would be a basis for her release when the counsel came in and stopped her from writing such a statement.

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“The counsel further informed the policemen that all actions to the alleged rape of our client in December 2018 by Mr. Oyebanjo have been transferred to the DIG FCID for a thorough investigation and that they need to stay the action.

“In actual fact, our client was about to write the statement which she believed would be a basis for her release when the counsel came in and stopped her from writing such a statement.”

Seyitan had accused D’Banj of raping her in Glee Hotel, Lagos in December 2018.

The singer, however, denied the allegation and demanded an apology and N100m from his accuser.

 

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