Police interrogate D'banj over rape allegation

Singer Oladapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as D'banj, has been interrogated by the Nigeria Police Force over the rape allegation made by Seyitan Babatayo.

According to PUNCH, the award-winning musician was interrogated by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Adaku Anya, at the Force Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Garki, Abuja.

The ‘Fall In Love’ crooner was said to have insisted that he is innocent of the allegation in a statement during his interrogation.



A police source, who spoke with the news outlet, said this makes it the second time the singer would be invited for questioning in Abuja.

“D’Banj has been questioned twice at the FCID, Abuja. He was questioned last week and also this week. We will leave no stone unturned as we investigate the matter,” the source said.

Seyitan was also said to have been invited by the police in Abuja for a written statement. She was however, said to have been unable to travel to the federal capital territory (FCT).

“Seyitan pleaded with us that she had no means of travelling down to Abuja. So, she has been given the option of reporting at the FCID Annex, Alagbon, Ikoyi,” the source added.

Recall that the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had ordered a probe into the rape allegation against D'banj. The IG had referred the case to a Deputy Inspector-General of Police to handle.

The development comes after the Coalition of Public Interests Lawyers and Advocates (COPA) among others demanded the arrest of the singer for probe over the rape allegation.



In a statement by Patrick Odey, the coalition’s director, human rights and gender, the lawyers also called out the Nigerian police.

According to the coalition, the claim made in an earlier statement by Seyitan over the manner of her arrest and consequent detention suggested attempts by the police to “complicate the process of truth”

The lawyers wondered why D’banj has not been invited by the police for interrogation over the matter even after the order by IGP) that the rape allegation be probed.

The lawyers, who also stood for celebrity photographer, Busola Dakolo, added that their request was informed by “public perception of the process.”

The coalition also demand investigation into the allegations by Seyitan that some police officers earlier attempted to thwart her efforts to report the incident.


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