Some Nigerian celebrities have taken to social media to pour out their annoyance after an unfolding event in the case of a woman who accused D’banj, a singer, of sexually assaulting her in a Lagos hotel room.
In the wake of the recent conversations about sexual assault and violence against women on the mediascape, Seyitan Babatayo had claimed that the entertainer raped her at Glee hotel in Victoria Island in 2018.
She had also demanded an apology from the singer.
D’banj, however, denied the accusations and demanded the sum of N100 million as compensation from her. He also brandished her claims a “slap on his marriage”.
On Tuesday, Seyitan was reportedly arrested by the police. Some Twitter users who claimed to be in contact with her gave updates concerning the arrest.
But on Thursday, the lady’s whereabouts became unknown as posts promoting one of D’banj’s songs surfaced on her Twitter page.
“To be very honest this was never our intention, we love you guys, let’s leave our life stress free #StressByDbanj,” one of the tweets read.
— Aunty Seyitan (@seyitannn_) June 18, 2020
On further scrutiny, it was discovered that all her previous posts containing the rape allegations against the musician had been deleted.
The development has since sparked a flurry of negative reactions on the microblogging platform as a number of Nigerians, including celebrities, have registered their different takes on the issue.
While some users accused D’banj of “coercing” her to delete the tweets, others requested for calm untill the truth about the issue comes out.
“As with many cases of sexual assault/violence, l am looking at the evidence of power, opportunity and now apparent suppression using nigeria police who need to explain why #seyitan was arrested, detained and intimidated. The system continues to invalidate the experience of women and that we must challenge at all cost,” Funmi Iyanda wrote.
“All Seyitan wanted was an apology for a crime committed. The tweets might be deleted from her page but it’s on the internet and internet never forgets,” a Twitter user said.
Here is what some Nigerians had to say:
The system continues to invalidate the experience of women and that we must challenge at all cost.
— Funmi Iyanda (@Funmilola) June 18, 2020
So Miss Seyitan Eunice Babatayo who was supposed to meet with @PoliceNG PPRO this morning is nowhere to be found. She's not answering calls or in contact with her lawyer or family. There is strong reason to believe she didn't get home last night.#StateOfEmergencyGBV
— Chioma Agwuegbo (@ChiomaChuka) June 18, 2020
We have it on good authority that she is being pressured and induced to recant her testimony.
Dear @PoliceNG, you're already culpable for being a willing tool to harass and intimidate a citizen who accused Dbanj of rape. We will hold you accountable if anything happens to her.
— Chioma Agwuegbo (@ChiomaChuka) June 18, 2020
I’m normally against cancel culture but Dbanj is cancelled in my books for real if this all some sort of publicity stunt. 🤮
— Timini Egbuson (@_Timini) June 18, 2020
— SEGA L'éveilleur®🚨 (@segalink) June 17, 2020
How can you defend yourself from a criminal accusation by asking your team to commit more crimes on your behalf?! @iamdbanj if you are not guilty, then this route is incredibly damning and reeks of desperation. It’s is abhorrent to use your power and influence in this way.
— Georgie Eku Edewor (@EkuEdewor) June 18, 2020
Nah man, fuck industry relationships. If it goes in the bin, it goes in the bin. This guy is a standard bastard. He has no respect for himself, the lady, or any of us. At this point, silence is complicity.
— Ovie (@OvieO) June 18, 2020
Terribly disappointed Dbanj had his accuser detained, after he had done the right thing through his lawyers.
Whoever advised him to go this intimidation route, after his lawyers had appropriately intervened, has now helped him turn this into a messy scandal.
— Demola Olarewaju (@DemolaRewaju) June 17, 2020
Transparently creepy, and most certainly criminal. You can’t be tweeting with someone else’s account!
— Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún (@kolatubosun) June 18, 2020
D’banj told Seyitan that he has paid his lawyers 25m & she doesn’t stand a chance against him.
THE POOR GIRLIS SCARED & obviously doesn’t have the money/resources to fight this!
— Dorcas Shola Fapson (@Ms_DSF) June 18, 2020
All Seyitan wanted was an apology for a crime committed. The tweets might be deleted from her page but it’s on the internet and internet never forgets
— 🌺Glory (@glorywendy2321) June 18, 2020
All Seyitan wanted was an apology. She wanted an acknowledgment of the wrong that was done to her. That young woman dared to speak and was detained, threatened, her agency has been stolen AGAIN.
— Arit Okpo (@thearitokpo) June 18, 2020
The fact that m seeing Dbanj's picture on Seyitan's account is very disturbing tbh..#SuperboyCheque
— XHELTAR (@_xheltar) June 18, 2020
#seyitan NPF didn't tweet anything abt police intimidation.. and yall are assuming they got her nd her mom arrested.. dbang hasn't said anything to.. yall are accusing him wrongly.. learn to hear from both sides..
— kevin (@rich_thug1) June 18, 2020
C'mon guy, we all know d'banj has a lot to lose and I think the other party are just looking for a way out of their mess.
The tweet from her acct is from seyitan's camp.
Let think about it why involve a SAN, then making moves to jeopardize everything.
Think about it
— Icarus22 (@22Icarus) June 18, 2020
I move to declare that action of forcefully posting Seyitan’s abuser on her personal page as virtual rape.
— adaku (@adakanma) June 18, 2020
Calling the police out for their I’ll treatment of Seyitan is one thing but accusing D’banj of rape when you have no evidence isn’t that smart a decision. Use your head 🤝
— clifford Eweka (@CliffordEweka) June 18, 2020
Seyitan is fine everyone. She just wants to be alone, gather her thoughts together and recover from her overnight experience in @PoliceNG’s cell. Thank you so much for your calls, advocacy and support.💜
— Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi (@AyodejiOsowobi) June 18, 2020
Whoever is handling that Seyitan babe's account is wicked. Man deleted her rape allegation tweets and has been using her account to promote DBanj's project. PR aiye.
— Richard (@meettherichard) June 18, 2020
Seyitan would never spell “live” as “leave.” Seyitan knows her punctuations. Seyitan would never post a picture of her abuser on her page. Seyitan would never use this hashtag. My god what is happening????? https://t.co/mJlGqaXsGw
— Doreen Uloma N. (@ulomareen) June 18, 2020
I hope you guys are seeing what is happening to Seyitan. I hope we’re all seeing exactly how this plays out in reality.
— magic. (@EfeOraka) June 18, 2020
Okay Seyitan is safe with Ayo and Kadaria and are currently trying to get her legal assistance. Thank you guys so much for using your voice. We’re far from over with this fight ! https://t.co/yxBOGUN8nH
— ebele. (@ebelee_) June 18, 2020
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 🚨 🇳🇬 (@SomtoSocial) June 18, 2020
Seyitan thinks we are stupid na.
If truly d'banj took over her Twitter, will he promote his own song there, he knows better than that and his lawyer is a fucking SAN.
So seyitan should come out and stop playing pranks
— Icarus22 (@22Icarus) June 18, 2020
the #seyitan arrest was made possible by the bad law enforcement system but, I don't suscribe to people shaming/accusing Dbanj without substantial evidence, anyone who wants to succeed in life wouldn't do such, it's just common sense.
— Vlad_D_Impealer (@djburner_) June 18, 2020
They are using Seyitan’s account to promote Dbanj’s new music,
Omo, seee PR 😂😂😂🤡🤡🤡🤡
— THE JAZZ 🌹 (@Jazz0498) June 18, 2020
Money always win, Seyitan will soon be out to debunk stories. I bet they are cooking up a long write up now. We will never get to know the real story.
— Rεαcτιοη (@_heeyahnuh) June 18, 2020
What if this Dbanj and Seyitan saga is just a way to promote Dbanj new single
— OBA OF UK🇬🇧 (@yung_danny) June 18, 2020
This is absolutely enraging to all women who have ever spoken up. Not only have they tried to silence Seyitan, they are now making this into some sort of joke to promote his music. Dbanj, how low can you go?
— iam_diplomercy (@mercylina23) June 18, 2020
please is anybody actually in contact with seyitan? because the tweets from her account are very disturbing. i don’t want to believe that they are holding her hostage. what the fuck is actually going on?
— YT (@ytbouthataction) June 18, 2020
Also there are definitely some form of sensation around the updates concerning seyitan. From she was locked up with her mom to she was kidnapped and many other non confirmed report of what dapo camp is doing
I do hope the state takes up the case but I do quite believe her story
— OLOYE 👑 FcB📛 (@blog_don) June 18, 2020
I hope Seyitan is back home and she has enough receipts. This will definitely help her case a whole lot. Judiciary doesn’t work with hearsay annoyingly and they don’t even do enough investigations. Unfortunately what worked against Busola Dakolo. I hope this time the odds favor
— Alpha-Yomi (@Alpha_Yom) June 18, 2020
It’s so sad how these big people use their power just to oppress and they go free. How can a whole human being be missing and you turn her page to promote your song, it’s so sick and inhumane. I really hope Seyitan is fine🥺.
— TAIWO🌸✨💥❤️ (@_Teewo) June 18, 2020
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