Human Right Activist and EndSars campaigner, Segun Awosanya popular known as Segalink has threatened to take legal action against Stand To End Rape Initiative (STER), a Nigerian based youth-led movement advancing gender equality & an end to SGBV through advocacy, prevention & support state over its claim that he reached out to Oladapo Oyebanji (D’banj) accuser, Seyitan Babatayo to settle the issue.
STER in a statement had said Segalink reached out to Seyitan to attend a meeting that was to negotiate a private settlement between D’banj and Seyitan.
But Seyitan in a reaction to STER statement denied STER claim of Segalink reaching out to them, but that it was her and her family that contacted Segalink to help facilitate a meeting with D’banj and his team for an out of court resolution.
Segalink in a twitter thread after both Seyitan and STER statement said, “Let it be abundantly clear to the general public that STER’s claim that I called for a meeting between Ms. Seyitan (and family) and D’banj to broker a peace-deal is a mischievous falsehood that betrays the irresponsibility and hypocrisy of the group.”
“As a matter of fact, Ms. Seyitan & family contacted me to communicate their interest in discontinuing their counter-suit to D’banj’s defamatory action against Ms. Seyitan.”
“STER’s uncharitable publication of yesterday has the weight to displace its credibility and reliability as a go-to resort for sexual abuse victims.”
“It is truly regrettable to witness such an unraveling of its true intent especially the seeming desperation to take advantage of victim’s ordeal for publicity and opportunities to improve their public rating.”
“In good faith, however, I choose to believe that STER, having had their falsehoods challenged by the primary protagonist in this matter, will exercise the decency and honesty of mind to retract the same and issue an apology accordingly within the next 24Hours, or sooner.”
“Failure to do so would leave me with no other choice but to pursue a legal course for defamation before a competent court.”
Seyitan, a self-styled influencer had claimed D’banj had raped her years ago in a hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos, after she refused his advances at a party.
But after weeks of silence, the ‘Fall in Love’ crooner, reacted, describing the allegations as ‘lies from the pit of hell’.
He also said his legal team was fully involved and will address the matter with the necessary actions.
He also demanded that Seyitan pays the sum of N100 m within 48 hours of his response, or would risk legal action.
He also demanded that she writes a letter of apology and retracts her statements which would be published in four national dailies.
She said it happened after an all-white party where Dbanj allegedly offered her friend some money to spend the night which she rejected until the Oliver Twist crooner surprisingly showed up in Seyitan’s hotel room around 2:00 am at midnight.
“D’banj drove all the way from Eko Hotels where he was lodged and came down to glee hotel in Victoria island at midnight 2:40 am and collected the spare key from the receptionist,” Babatayo’s friend Ese said in the thread which has since sparked an outrage.
She said D’banj allegedly “got into my friend’s room and forcefully threatened he would walk her out of the room naked, Kept his fingers in her Vagina and repeatedly raped her.”
D’banj denied the allegation, saying it was ‘lies from the pit of hell’ to tarnish his reputation, marriage and his 40-years birthday he planned in June.
Babatayo was reportedly arrested by the police on D’banj’s instruction who she claimed made her phone taken from her, denying her the chance to talk to her lawyer.
Her lawyer, Olamide Omileye of Ojoge, Omileye, and Partners, told Premium Times that she was forced to delete her tweets on the rape allegations while in police custody.
But Seyitan later tweeted that she and her mother were never arrested by the police.
“I’m moving on and leaving everything behind me,” she said in one of the tweets she posted to her handle on Wednesday evening. Those tweets, Omileye said, were posted under duress.