Nigerian singer and songwriter, Oladapo Oyebanjo, aka D ’Banj, has continued his legal battle against Seyitan Babatayo who accussed him of rape.
It would be recalled that Seyitan some hours ago withdrawn her case against
D’banj but Kokomaster have gone ahead with the N1.5 bn libel suit filed
against the model.
This was disclosed by D’Banj’ s lawyer , Mike Ozekhome ( SAN ) during an interview
with Saturday PUNCH on Friday.
“They withdrew their petition but the police said they could not prove a case of rape against D ’Banj.”
“The fact should not be hidden. It is based on this they are begging him to withdraw
the case but I have not received any letter from my client asking me to withdraw the
case. So, the case in court is still alive ,” Ozekhome said.
D ’Banj had on July 3, 2020, filed a defamation suit before an FCT High Court
requesting the court to order Seyitan to tender a letter of apology for the
accusations directed at him , which he claimed has caused him “ embarrassment,
ridicule , derision , marital disharmony , mental agony , and psychological trauma. ”
Seyitan, who had accused D ’Banj of raping her in 2018 , later wrote a letter to the IG withdrawing the petition.
Human rights group, Stand To End Rape Initiative, popularly known as STER , said
Seyitan decided to end the case without receiving any monetary compensation .
STER, which was actively in support of Seyitan ’s quest for justice, thanked everyone .
Speaking with Saturday PUNCH on Friday, a lawyer to Seyitan, Mr. Tommy Ojoge -Daniel, said D ’Banj had yet to effect service on his client.
Ojoge -Daniel said his client decided to withdraw the complaint against D ’Banj for personal reasons .
He, however, said they would not be intimidated by the N1.5 bn libel suit .
“ We have not yet been served with the processes . However, we are not afraid of any libel suit.”
“Our client only decided to withdraw the petition for personal reasons ,” the lawyer said.