There is always a huge interest garnered towards rape accusations, both for the accused and the accuser. While these cases are taken extremely seriously, it is imperative to note that the aftermath of such accusations if proven for both right and left parties will go as far as affecting how both parties are perceived to the public eye.
One of these cases of rape accusations that shook social media a few months back is the rape accusation that was targeted towards popular singer, Oladapo Oyebanji (D’banj) by style influencer, Seyitan Babatayo.
In a recent development, the case has been reportedly withdrawn by Seyitan Babatayo after a press statement by Stand To End Rape Initiative (STER) shared the details that led to this point.
Press Statement: In line w/ our key values— integrity & transparency; this is a detailed report of STER & partner NGO’s intervention in the case of Ms Seyitan Babatayo against Mr Oyebanjo (aka D'Banj).
As an NGO, STER remains committed to supporting survivors of SGBV in Nigeria. pic.twitter.com/BaR0cPN9Pu
— S.T.E.R Initiative (@StandtoEndRape) July 24, 2020
It was back in June when Seyitan Babatayo accused D’banj of rape following other rape accusations on social media by other ladies, all of which went cold with little or no investigation or media attention. However, with Seyitan and D’banj, a lot of attention was created around this story as many people expressed a common interest – finding justice.
In the wake of the Seyitan/Dbanj drama as well as all other unproven rape cases out there, i can only say this: Provided you are neither the accused/accuser, nor the police investigating the cases, please Seal your lips. Your voice should be heard ONLY when you have PROOF. 🙏
— Somto #BBNaija 🚨 🇳🇬 (@SomtoSocial) June 18, 2020
The case progressed to the point where it was reported that Seyitan was kidnapped by D’banj and made to recant some of her social media posts where she openly accused him of the heinous crime. With this case came a few people of interest and a few rape apologists and a host of other characters who wanted to air their view on the matter.
The feminist movement was one key character that many Nigerians pointed out had a huge interest in this case. For many, their goal was to help Seyitan get justice, with several hashtags that spurred a momentum on Twitter.
Okay, Dbanj is innocent.
Ms Seyitan, the devil is always a liar.
For the sake of +234 feminist coven, Dbanj should have his own pound of flesh by suing Seyitan for fake accusations & defamation.
Dbanj has to look at his circle & know his true friends now
— Michel_B:9 (@231_michel) July 24, 2020
However, in a huge turn of events, the case has been reportedly withdrawn by Seyitan trough the STER initiative that many Nigerians have flagged as the ‘feminist coven’.
The statement released, however, does not exonerate the singer, and neither did it place Seyitan as a liar. According to the STER initiative, the decision to withdraw the case was after Seyitan revealed to them she has reached a non-monetary agreement with the singer.
Nigerians had a lot to say about this development as many people have taken sides on the updates. Some users praise D’banj and bashed Seyitan, as others did the opposite while thanking every other person involved in the case.
Seyitan has to make the best choice for herself. As women we have our own stories of the men who have harmed us and yet sti walk free. At the very least DBanj has been publicly exposed. But ugh I know we are feeling fucking sour right now. It is ok.
— Panda of The Feminist Coven (@Rimzzzeee) July 24, 2020
Criminal cases cannot be settled out of court but here we are, after all the pointless theatrics. It is now clearer who is guilty and who is not. I’m tempted to say that posterity will be the judge but will they even be awake?
— ULOMA (@ulxma) July 24, 2020
All those Karma and Posterity talks doesn't happen. The statement made it clear Dbanj is guilty. What I'm cringing for is that Dbanj might have admitted to Segalink about the crime and still yet the #EndSars Saviour is out here as the Peacemaker that he's. #SegaLinkIsaFraud. pic.twitter.com/I2A74sCbUh
— Nwaputa- laycon stan account. (@SonOfFaith4) July 24, 2020
Seyitan was bullied by whatever means to withdraw her case against D'banj.
— Rozay Akai (@TheRoseAkai) July 24, 2020
Or Seyitan knew she was never going to win the case probably because she wasn't raped and so withdrew the case to avoid embarrassing herself in court.
— Captain Ay (@a__standard) July 24, 2020
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