Seyitan Babatayo says Dbanj personally intimidated and forced her to retract the rape allegation against him.
Nigerian music star, Dapo Oyebanjo, accused of raping Seyitan Babatayo has more questions to answer as she has formally filed a criminal complaint against him.
In a press statement released by Babatayo, she revealed that she has filed a complaint at the Gender Desk of the Nigeria Police Force, Lagos Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja Lagos.
She went on to break down all that transpired before, during, and after her incarceration by the police. Here are five things Babatayo said in her latest statement on the rape allegation levelled against Dbanj.
1. She was arrested in a commando-style
According to the young lady, she was arrested by 4 police officers who arrived at her home in the pretense of being delivery agents. She was then taken to the IGP IRT office in Harold Shodipo, Ikeja where she was detained alongside criminals and her phone seized. She said while in detention, she had little access to a lawyer.
‘I spent almost 48 hours at the police station, without being charged for a single crime. When I asked what was the reason for the detention, the police refused to answer but continued to treat me like a criminal,” she wrote.
2. Her mother was never arrested
Babatayo says contrarily to the reports on social media that her mother was arrested and detained alongside her, that didn’t happen.
My mother was not arrested. She remained supportive and engaged all her efforts like every good mother, alongside various other interventions to secure my release,” she wrote
3. She was isolated by Dbanj
One major part of her statement indicates that she was isolated by the music star and his team at an undisclosed location.
According to her, it took the intervention of the director of Stand to End Rape Initiative and other activists who were able to get her out of the location where she was being held. This was only possible with the use of a satellite mapping.
4. Dbanj forced her to retract rape allegation
According to Babatayo’s statement, the music star forced her personally to retract the rape allegations.
“I was isolated from my family, coerced, pressured, and intimated in person by Dbanj and his team to retract all statements and announce that my testimony was a publicity stunt,” she said.
5. N1.6M was raised for her legal fees by the general public
Miss Babatayo went on to thank everyone who raised an alarm over her illegal detention on social media. She also revealed that the sum of 1.6M was raised to help with her legal fees and personal needs.
She also expressed appreciation for the Attorney General of Lagos State for writing to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police to investigate the matter and also the Inspector General of Police for instructing that the matter be investigated immediately.