Days back, Nigerian pop star, D’banj was accused of rape by a Nigerian model scout, Benjamin Ese.
His accusations came after the singer joined the campaign against sexual violence and demanded justice for rape victims in a post on his Instagram page.
The Koko Master post read: “#NoMeansNo, we need to raise our sons in the right way and teach them to love and respect women.
“We need justice for our girls, Say no to rape, racism and tribalism. Let us stop living in FEAR and HATE , and start living in LOVE.”
Responding to his post, one Otunba Benjamin, known as @action_ben, took to his Instagram page, alleging that Dbanj has no right to speak against rape, claiming that he raped his friend.
He claimed that Dbanj had some time raped his friend after he offered her N200,000 in exchange for sex, and she refused.
As expected, D’banj has finally broken his silence over the rape accusation.
In a statement released by his lawyers, the singer debunked the allegation, adding that it’s an attempt to ruin his character.
Read the statement below:
Dear members of the public,
Our attention has been drawn to the false allegations purported by Benjamin Ese and Aunty Seyitan who labeled our client, Nigerian musician Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo professionally known as Dbanj a rapist.
Prior to the widespread of the deep-seated lies targeted to taint the image and reputation of our client- Dbanj, as an organization we have a strict policy of ignoring clout chasers and cyberbullies and we refrain from engaging with them, but not this time.
This is a calculated attempt to ruin Dbanj’s long-standing character and career, as well as disrupt on-going plans for his 40th birthday and album release. Not to talk of devaluing and trivializing the conversations that are currently being held to emancipate and tackle the challenges faced by the girl child.
On behalf of our client D’banj, the management of DKM would like to reaffirm zero tolerance for any kind of sexual abuse and particularly frowns at any action that exploits women and the infringement of their rights. We strenuously deny the rape allegations and express our sincerest apologies to rape survivors and victims of this dastardly act.
As of now, our legal team are fully involved and will address this matter with the necessary legal actions in pursuance to the full extent of the law to ensure that this malicious act of blackmail and character defamation does not occur again.
We understand that this is causing huge concern. However, an internal investigation has been launched and we assure the public that we are taking this matter very seriously to establish the details.
We still say NO to Sexual Violence, Racism, and Tribalism”