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IG Adamu Orders Probe Of D’Banj, As Group Asks United Nations To Strip Him Of Appointment

Valentine Chinyem

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered a probe into the allegations of rape against Nigerian musician, Oladapo Oyebanjo popularly known as D’Banj.

The order was in response to a petition written to the IGP by Mr Tommy Ojoge-Daniel, a lawyer to Miss Seyitan Babatayo, who accused D’Banj of raping her in 2018.

This was contained in letter with reference number CB.7000/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOl.484/801 signed by the Principal Staff Officer to the IGP, DCP Idowu Owohunwa, and addressed to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Area 10, Garki, Abuja.

It reads in part, “I forward herewith copy of letter dated June 5, 2020 received from Ojoge, Omileye and Partners on the above underlined subject. I am to respectfully convey the directive of the Inspector-General of Police that you treat.

“Accept the assurances of my esteemed regards, please.”

Meanwhile, about 15,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the United Nations to strip the entertainer of his appointment as United Nations Ambassador for Peace.

Brands such as Heritage Bank Africa, One Africa, CSA Global, and other establishments associated with D’Banj were also mentioned in letter, the group is also asking them to end their commercial relationship with him and stand in support of victims of sexual violence.

The petition which was started by one E.Pooola 20 hours ago on Change.Org had hit 14, 310 as of 11.10 am on Friday.

It read in part, “We call on the United Nations, and United Nations Women Africa organisations to remove Nigerian artiste Mr Dapo Oyebanjo as a youth ambassador and distance themselves from his actions following the sponsored kidnap of Seyitan who accused D’Banj of rape and sexual assault which happened in 2018.

“Women in Nigeria are increasingly at risk of sexual violence and the United Nations and United Nations Women Africa as an entity committed to the empowerment of women should not be seen to associate themselves with alleged rapists, abusers, and kidnappers.

“We ask the United Nations and United Nations Women Africa to support and lend their influence in helping Seyitan get justice for the abuse she endured in 2018 and the harassment and bullying in the past weeks.”