United Nations says D'banj is not their Ambassador

The United Nations says Nigerian singer, Oladapo Oyebanjo aka D’Banj, is not a United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace.

In 2012, D’Banj’s publicists had claimed that the singer was the first Nigerian to be appointed a UN Youth Ambassador for Peace.

Following the rape allegations levelled against D’Banj by Seyitan Babatayo, an online petition was started calling on the UN to strip the musician of the title.

The petition on Change.org has been signed by over 22,000 people as of June 24, 2020.

However, the Director of Information, United Nations Information Centre for Nigeria, Joseph Kayanja, said that D’Banj was never at any time given the title of ambassador by the UN.

Kayanja told the PUNCH via email, “I would like to confirm that the said Mr. Oladapo Oyebanjo aka D’Banj is NOT a UN Ambassador. The title was accorded to him by an obscure UN youth association which has nothing to do with the United Nations. I hope this clarifies.”

D'banj is currently a subject of police investigation following the rape allegation.

Seyitan had in a statement revealed that she has filed a criminal complaint to the police.

Seyitan said she filed the complaint at the gender desk of the Lagos police command headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos.

In the statement, the lady added that D’banj and his team had “coerced” her into deleting her earlier tweets where she made the allegation on Twitter.

Providing a timeline of events, Seyitan said the singer barged into her hotel room Victoria Island, Lagos, on December 30, 2018 and molested her sexually.

“D’banj gained access into my hotel room at past midnight while I was asleep. He violated and raped me,” the statement added.

The musician has since denied the allegations levelled against him and asked his accuser to make a public apology and also pay him the sum of N100m in damages.

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