Saturday 25 July 2020

D’banj 'settles' with rape accuser Babatayo Seyitan

Oyebanjo Dapo also known as D'banj has settled with Seyitan Babatayo, the 25-year-old woman who accused him of rape.

D'banj had been accused by Babatayo of forcing his way into her hotel room and raping her in December 2018.

In the latest development on the case, Stand To End Rape (S.T.E.R) a non-profit geared towards helping rape victims, who were involved in the case have released a statement that revealed that D'banj and the accuser reached a 'non-monetary settlement'.

In the statement, STER said they refused to be involved in talks over a settlement as it goes against the organisation's policy.

“On 13th of July 2020, Ms Babatayo informed STER that a non-monetary agreement was reached with D'banj's team. Such settlements, in our experience, often involve an asymmetry of power between the accused and the victim. More importantly, while private settlements are usual in civil disputes, they are, however, not applicable to criminal cases, particularly where a felony has been alleged to have been committed, only the State has the authority to discontinue a criminal investigation and prosecution.”

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