D’Banj Continues ₦1.5 Billion Libel Case As Seyitan Withdraws Petition
Popular Nigerian singer D’Banj is continuing with the N1.5bn libel suit filed against Miss Seyitan Babatayo, who accused him of rape, despite the latter withdrawing a petition submitted to the Inspector-General of Police.
Mike Ozekhome (SAN), D’Banj’s lawyer, revealed this during an interview with Saturday PUNCH on Friday.
“They withdrew their petition but the police said they could not prove a case of rape against D’Banj. This fact should not be hidden. It is based on this they are begging him to withdraw the case but I have not received any letter from my client asking me to withdraw the case. So, the case in court is still alive,” Ozekhome said.
On July 3, 2020, D’Banj filed a defamation suit before an FCT High Court requesting the court to order Seyitan to tender a letter of apology for the accusations directed at him, which he claimed has caused him “embarrassment, ridicule, derision, marital disharmony, mental agony, and psychological trauma.”
It was reported that the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Admin), Umar Sanda, said the investigation had discontinued due to lack of evidence.
Ojoge-Daniel while speaking with Saturday Punch on Friday said his client decided to withdraw the complaint against D’Banj for personal reasons.
He, however, said they would not be threatened by the N1.5bn libel suit.
“We have not yet been served with the processes. However, we are not afraid of any libel suit. Our client only decided to withdraw the petition for personal reasons,” the lawyer said.