In the recent crazy wake of several cases of sexual abuse in Nigeria, Nigerian musician, Dbanj is not also spared from the saga as the rape allegation against him has taken a different turn. You may want to recall that the ‘Koko Master’ (Dbanj) had slammed Seyitan Babatayo with an N100 million defamation lawsuit after the latter accused him of raping her at Glee hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos, in 2018. Dbanj described the claim as false and demanded N100m and apology in four national dailies or risk legal action. However, on Thursday 18th June 2020, there were several reports of the alleged victim, Seyitan Babatayo, allegedly being arrested and threatened by Dbanj’s camp. Nigerians almost went for Dbanj’s head as they accused him of obstructing justice and issuing threats on social media.
The Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu, has, as a result of the outcry on social media, ordered an investigation into the allegations of rape levelled against the singer. Also, according to The Guardian, an online petition to UN against Dbanj has been signed by over 13, 400 persons and inches closer to its 15, 000-signature target less than 24 hours after it was initiated.
Some Nigerian celebrities have, on their Twitter pages, also reacted concerning this incident.
@Don Jazzy wrote: “No matter how long a lie lasts, the truth will always prevail. The fact is that one of them is a victim and the law will protect that person. I stand firmly against rape and all injustices against women, children, and everyone including oppression. I urge all victims to speak out and report to the appropriate quarters. It is also important that every accused person is given an opportunity to set the facts straight. For most of us, all we have is the good name our parents have given us and we must protect and bequeath to our own successors.
“This particular case saddens my soul but I am not competent to investigate or judge this matter. I implore the police to thoroughly investigate and courts to do justice.”
@Tiwa Savage “I hear you all and even though this is heartbreaking for me, my view is still the same. I stand strong with the victims of all sexual abuse so I say this: 1. Victims should always speak out and speak their truth 2. those found guilty must be punished to the full extent of the law.”
@MI_Abaga “Some days I am ashamed to be a man because of how much we have failed our sisters, mothers, and daughters. Today is one of those days and I know if I do not speak out today I will be complicit in a system that tells women to “shut up and don’t say anything”
“Society will not improve if we do not tear down the systemic methods by which women and girls who accuse people of violating them are silenced. There can be no sacred cows on this issue.
“We cannot say that we stand with women, and then be silent towards actions that say to all women clearly, it is better to be silent than to speak. Any abuse of power and authority can not be accepted in this regard.”
@Timini Egbuson “I’m normally against cancel culture but Dbanj is canceled in my books for real if this all some sort of publicity stunt. Anyone with these types of accusations is foul and should face the full wrath of the law. What is even more disgusting than a cover-up is using this as an opportunity to promote his next song, which was what I meant”
Could it be true that Seyitan Babatayo was sexually assaulted by Dbanj indeed?
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