Tuesday, 30 June 2020

IGP orders probe of policemen who arrested D’Banj’s rape accuser, Seyitan Babatayo

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has ordered the probe of the policemen who allegedly arrested D'banj's rape accuser, Seyitan Babatayo.

The IGP gave the order in a letter signed on his behalf by his Principal Staff Officer, DCP Idowu Owohunwa and addressed to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Garki.

The IGP's letter was a sequel to a petition written by Seyitan’s lawyer, Ojoge, Omileye and Partners. The IGP asked that the petition from Seyitan Babatayo's lawyer is addressed.

The petition from Babatayo's legal representative alleges that policemen attached to the Intelligence Response Team arrested Seyitan on the directive of D’Banj and detained her for over 24 hours.

The petition read in part, “On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, our client was picked up alongside a friend, Favour, at her residence in Lagos by the officers of the Ikeja IGP IRT. The arrest was without any warrant and neither our client nor her friend, Favour, was informed of the reasons for their arrest. According to our client, she was told to write a statement denying ever meeting with Mr. Oyebanjo (D’Banj) and to also state that she lied against the person of Mr. Oyebanjo. In actual fact, our client was about to write the statement which she believed would be a basis for her release when the counsel came in and stopped her from writing such a statement. The counsel further informed the policemen that all actions to the alleged rape of our client in December 2018 by Mr. Oyebanjo has been transferred to the DIG FCID for a thorough investigation and that they need to stay the action.”

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