On June 6, Miss Seyitan Babtayo in a public letter, that went viral, accused Nigerian star singer, Oladapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’Banj of abusing her sexually, indecently assaulting her, and intentionally inflicting emotional distress on her. She thus demanded
that the singer publicly apologize to her.
Meanwhile, in a recent development, D’Banj, who was initially quiet over the allegation, has finally broken the silence, as he posted on his social media platforms that he had to react as his silence “has empowered his accusers to think he has been scared into the shadows”. In his words: “Today (Tuesday, June 16) is exactly one week after my birthday and this will be the only time I will address the recent false allegation and lies from the pit of hell.
“I have chosen to do so because the incident is a slap to my marriage and my beautiful wife, my entire family and those who believe in me. I did not want to dignify the slurs with a response but it appears my silence has empowered my accusers to think I have been scared into the shadows.
So I would like to state that the accusations are false and ludicrous and have been handed over to my legal team, while the Nigerian Police is investigating the criminal aspect of it.”
The ‘why me’ crooner however expressed his pain about the ‘false allegation’, because according to him, “it is unfortunate this is coming a few weeks before the second anniversary of my late son, Daniel and this well timed falsehood has reopened the painful scars of my deep loss.”
Speaking further in the pre-litigation letter signed by his lawyer, Mike Ezekhome (SAN) and addressed to Miss Babatayo’s lawyer, Ojoge of Omileye and Partners, D’Banj also demanded that an apology to him be published in at least four national dailies.
The letter read in part, “We have been instructed to demand the following: That your client makes an outright apology and a total retraction of each and every false allegation made against and concerning our client.
The said apology and retraction shall be published in four national dailies with wide circulation in Nigeria as well as on social media platforms and handles being used by your client and her hirelings”.
D’Banj also demanded that the accuser pay him the sum of 100 Million Naira for damages on his personality, within 48 hours or face legal action.
Reported by: Vincent Paul