Frank Amudo, the former manager of popular music star , Oladapo Oyebanji aka D’banji , has said that Seyitan Babatayo informed him of the alleged rape since December 2018 but she had agreed not to pursue the case.
In an interview with GoldmyneTV, Mr Amudo confirmed that he indeed invited Ms Babatayo to the all-white party and given her the key card to his hotel room at Glee hotel in Victoria Island as he had to rush back home because of an early morning flight to Accra the next day.
“Around 2am she said it was late, she couldn’t go back to Egbeda. So, I told her I would drop my key for her but I was going home, which I did.
“On my way home, after I had passed Dolphin Estate inward Third Mainland Bridge, D’Banj called me, asking where I was and I said I had left, I was on Third Mainland Bridge. He said he would see me at the airport in the morning,” he said .
Mr Amudo also said that Ms Babatayo had called him while he was on a trip to report the alleged rape incident to him.
“My wife dropped me at the airport around 5am. Cheeky Chizzy and other members came, D’Banj arrived around 6.30am… We boarded a flight to Ghana. On getting to Ghana, on our way to the apartment, I received many calls from Seyitan but I didn’t pick.
“When I got to the apartment, I connected to the Wifi and called her. She asked, ‘were you aware D’Banj was coming to my room?’ I said no. First of all, D’Banj didn’t even know my room and wasn’t lodged at Glee Hotel. That was when she said D’Banj came to her room and had forceful carnal knowledge of her. She sent the messages through voice notes and I still have them.”
He said further that he called a mutual friend who was at the party and also lodged at Glee hotel, Ajia Mohammed, to inform him but he was told not to worry about it as he had given Ms Babatayo a hundred dollar.
Amudo added , “I called another person, Aja Mohammed, in Lagos and told him about it. He was like ‘Franklyn, don’t bother yourself, it has been resolved’; that he had given the girl involved $100. Then I called Seyitan to confirm about the $100 and why she is still talking about rape, she got angry.”
The ex-manager said he resigned a month after the alleged incident occurred.
He, however, said he could not say for sure if the incident was rape or consensual.
While the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has called for an investigation into the matter, D’Banj has sued his accuser for N1.5bn.