The Nigeria Police Force and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission have officially acquitted Nigerian musician Dapo Oyebanjo, widely recognized as D’banj, of charges of rape and N-Power fraud (ICPC).
After their investigations were finished, the singer was exonerated of all charges, according to Punch Newspapers. D’banj was exonerated in an affidavit filed to the District Court of Abuja by lawyer Toheeb Lawal, headquartered in Abuja, using the Nigeria Police Force investigation reports and the ICPC’s clearance, labelled exhibits A and B.
When a young woman named Seyitan Babatayo accused the artist of rape back in 2018, the entertainment industry was in disarray. When they first met, she said he had taken advantage of her at the Glee Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos. The music star’s reputation was in ruins and he came under some crazy public scrutiny following the release of her accusations.
The situation deteriorated when word spread that his accuser had been taken into custody—a move that many perceived as an attempt at intimidation. After publicly addressing the issue and announcing his innocence, D’banj followed it up with a lawsuit against Babatayo, demanding ₦100 million in damages.
The police opened an official investigation into the matter shortly after the accusations were made, and it has been ongoing until now.