Alleged Rape: Arrest D’Banj To Stop Additional Perversion Of Justice, Sufferer Intimidation, Legal professionals Tells Police

The Coalition of Public Curiosity Legal professionals and Advocates has requested the Nigeria Police Power to arrest musician, Oladapo Oyebanjo higher referred to as D’Banj, for allegedly intimidating Seyitan Babatayo after she accused him of rape.

Patrick Odey, Director, Human Rights and Gender for COPA, in a press release mentioned it was unlucky the police which ought to be answerable for objectively investigating the matter had availed themselves a prepared device for intimidation with out permitting the legislation take its course.

He mentioned, “We do hereby categorical our disappointment with the conduct of the related companies tasked with investigating such issues, significantly the Nigeria Police whose complicity in an ensuing chain of occasion from the date of the allegations made by Ms. Seyitan Babatayo have muddled up and sophisticated the method for reality and justice on this matter. 

“Whereas the substantive matter has continued to generate divergent opinion on social media as regards to its veracity, there are real considerations that Mr D’Banj whose main concern ought to be the institution of his innocence by way of authorized steps has been misled or  blinded by his affluence to make use of using some charlatans within the Nigeria Police Power to arrest, oppress and put strain on the sufferer, Ms Seyitan Babatayo, clearly to pervert the reason for justice on this matter. 

“In a keenly worded press launch, Ms Seyitan reveals that preliminary efforts to make an official report was thwarted by unscrupulous members of the Nigeria Police Power on the Bar Seaside Police Station, Victoria Island, Lagos. She additional alleges that she was criminally kidnapped by officers of the police who gained entry into her residence beneath disguise, arrested her forcibly and detained her in a decrepit cell for 2 days with no formal cost. 

“We even have it on good authority that whereas being unlawfully detained, Ms Seyitan was coerced into making and issuing statements by way of her social media pages extremely drumming help for Mr D’Banj’s music tour, and working opposite to her impeachment of his character on the identical social media handles, thus elevating questions which had been solely answered after a mob-media response prompted her illegal detention by the police and the administration staff of Mr D’Banj.

“We discover it odd that the primary line of motion of the Nigeria Police Power in a matter akin to the current case is to arrest and detain the sufferer in an allegation, whereas failing to ask the accused earlier than it for interrogation. This imbalance in technique, rationale and customary sense leaves us, and certainly most people, with unanswered questions relating the transparency of the method deployed within the conduct of investigations within the current case, if there was any.”

COPA questioned why some cops would arrest a sufferer, who voluntarily got here ahead to file a grievance, including that sufferer intimidation could cause a rise in rape and stigmatisation.

“Whereas, we perceive that preliminary investigatory necessities might embrace the invitation of individuals concerned in, and/or related to the allegations, we discover it significantly unsettling that it was in the course of the interval of the sufferer’s faceoff with the police that the statements credited to her by way of her social media deal with had been issued thereby giving us purpose to consider that very same might not have been made voluntarily. 

“We’re, nevertheless, not unminded of, and certainly welcome the forthright and well timed intervention of the Inspector Basic of Police, who has since ordered a complete investigation into this matter. This directive was well timed, vital and expedient given the people concerned and the peculiarity of the problems therein, in addition to the ugly occasions we reside in as a nation the place incidences of rape and different gender primarily based crimes are rampant. 

“The intervention of the IGP is satisfying and assuages risen public concern prior to now that the instrumentality of the Nigeria Police Power had been hijacked by the bourgeoisie class of the Nigerian polity to guard the musician. The media had additionally been awash with speculations of manipulation and partiality within the investigative course of particularly given the standing of the alleged offender compared to the sufferer, thus the directive of the IGP was, to say the least, reassuring and extremely welcomed. 

“However, the latest directive of the Inspector Basic of Police ordering a complete investigation into the allegations has gained little or no traction compared to the pace and alacrity with which the sufferer was arrested and detained. Actually, there was no file of the same invitation being prolonged to the alleged offender, Mr D’Banj. We miss out on why there was no arrest or an invite, on the very least, being prolonged to the alleged offender by the police as was so conveniently and expeditiously deployed within the intimidation of the sufferer. 

“Whereas we’re under no circumstances making an attempt to intervene with the conduct of the investigation, we make daring to say that the continued delay in inviting the alleged offender for the aim of interrogation in pursuance of the investigation ordered by the Inspector Basic leaves a lot to be desired as regards public notion of the method. 

“We refuse to concede that any individual, no matter social standing, affect and standing in life, is empowered to take pleasure in preferential remedy over another particularly throughout the sector of crime detection and justice supply in our pricey nation. Justice, it’s usually mentioned, ‘’should not solely be finished however should even be manifestly seen to be finished’’, and for us at COPA, the manifest path of justice extends to the conduct of investigations and the remedy of the events thereto in a fashion that’s evidently clear and visibly neutral. 

“We additionally take into account it apposite to state {that a} correct and complete investigation of the allegations should not exclude an inquiry into the position and actions of the officers of the Nigeria Police who had been concerned within the arrest and detention of the sufferer and her subsequent probably coercion into issuing self-contradictory statements. 

“That is significantly so as a result of a decision of the problems arising from the conduct of the investigation of the allegations and certainly the allegations per se can’t be correctly settled with out ascertaining what transpired in the course of the interval of the sufferer’s arrest and detention as similar can, and can, certainly present illumination into what actually transpired and if certainly there was an try by anyone to arm twist the method of legislation and why. 

“We’re not additionally ready to disclaim the truth that the incidences of rape and associated sexual offences in opposition to girls in latest occasions has continued to keep up an upward flip with no corresponding degree of response when it comes to justice supply to culprits and victims alike, which is a part of the the reason why the current allegations have garnered the a lot consideration it has. 

“Thus, our impassioned clamour for probity and accountability within the conduct of those investigations is reflective of the societal pulse and disposition concerning the rising incidences of rape – an ethical and psychosocial depravity which has eroded the very cloth of our society. 

“Consequently, the current circumstance gives the Nigeria Police with a two-pronged alternative to ship a transparent and decisive assertion to most people of its readiness and proactiveness in coping with the mounting instances of rape in latest occasions on the one hand, and of its impartiality and non-bias however, whatever the social class and standing of any individual(s) concerned,” COPA added.

The group due to this fact referred to as on the Nigeria Police Power to arrest D’Banj for losing state assets and profiting from his social standing to intimidate his alleged sufferer.

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