March 27, 2023

Coalition of Public Interests Lawyers and Advocates (COPA) demands justice for Seyitan Tayo, calls for the arrest of popular musician Mr. Oladapo Oyebanjo popularly known as D’banj over rape allegations.

Sometime ago Seyitan Tayo accused D’banj of assaulting her sexually in 2018, but things turned around when D’banj sued the accuser Seyiatan for a ₦100 million and requested she (Seyitan) should apologise in four national dailies or risk legal actions.

Things got worst when Seyitan was allegedly arrested and threatened on Thursday.

However, Coalition of Public Interests Lawyers and Advocates (COPA) was not happy with the turn around of event and calls for Dbanj’s head.

In a statement released to newsmen on Wednesday by the Director, Human Rights and Gender, at COPA Mr. Patrick Odey expressed his displeasure in the turn of event.

The director said, “We welcome the forthright and timely intervention of the Inspector General of Police, who has since ordered a comprehensive investigation into this matter.

“This directive is timely given the individuals involved and the peculiarity of the issues therein, as well as the ugly times we live in as a nation where incidences of rape and other gender-based crimes are rampant.

“The intervention of the IGP is satisfying and assuages risen public fear before now that the instrumentality of the Nigeria Police Force had been hijacked by the bourgeoisie class of the Nigerian polity to protect the musician.

“Speculations of manipulation and partiality in the investigative process especially given the status of the alleged offender in comparison to the victim, but the directive of the IGP is, to say the least, reassuring and highly welcomed.”

Mr Patrick further added in his statement, “Justice must not only be done but must also be manifestly seen to be done, and for us at COPA, the manifest path of justice extends to the conduct of investigations and the treatment of the parties.

“It will be a fair play if there will be a transparent and visible investigation to ensure that a proper, dispassionate and comprehensive investigation into the allegations was conducted without considering the personality involved.” He concluded.

Priscilla Irems

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