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D’Banj continues N1.5bn libel case as Seyitan withdraws petition

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Musician, Oladapo Oyebanjo, aka D’Banj, is forging ahead with the N1.5bn libel suit filed against Miss Seyitan Babatayo, who accused him of rape, despite the latter withdrawing a petition submitted to the Inspector-General of Police.

D’Banj’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), disclosed this in an interview on Friday.

“They withdrew their petition but the police said they could not prove a case of rape against D’Banj. This fact should not be hidden. It is based on this they are begging him to withdraw the case but I have not received any letter from my client asking me to withdraw the case. So, the case in court is still alive,” Ozekhome said.

D’Banj had on July 3, 2020, filed a defamation suit before an FCT High Court requesting the court to order Seyitan to tender a letter of apology for the accusations directed at him, which he claimed has caused him “embarrassment, ridicule, derision, marital disharmony, mental agony, and psychological trauma.”

Seyitan, who had accused D’Banj of raping her in 2018, later wrote a letter to the IG withdrawing the petition.

In his response to the letter, the IG through the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Admin), Umar Sanda, said the investigation had discontinued due to lack of evidence.

The letter posted on Twitter by blogger, Kemi Olunloyo, read in part, “In view of the foregoing facts, the investigation was discontinued as no substantial evidence to prove the allegation of rape against the suspect.”

A human rights group, Stand To End Rape Initiative, popularly known as STER, said Seyitan decided to end the case without receiving any monetary compensation.

STER, which was active in support of Seyitan’s quest for justice, thanked everyone.

The statement read in part, “On July 13, 2020, Ms. Babatayo (Seyitan) informed STER that a private non-monetary agreement was reached with D’Banj’s team. We, therefore, present this statement as the full account of our stewardship on this matter.”

Seyitan had accused D’Banj of raping her at Glee Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos in December 2018, an allegation he has denied several times.

Speaking on Friday, a lawyer to Seyitan, Mr. Tommy Ojoge-Daniel, said D’Banj had yet to effect service on his client.

Ojoge-Daniel said his client decided to withdraw the complaint against D’Banj for personal reasons. He, however, said they would not be intimidated by the N1.5bn libel suit.

“We have not yet been served with the processes. However, we are not afraid of any libel suit. Our client only decided to withdraw the petition for personal reasons,” the lawyer said.

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Burna Boy becomes first Nigerian artist with certified silver album in UK

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Nigerian superstar, Damini Ogulu, a.k.a Burna Boy has become the first Nigerian artist with a certified silver album, “African Giant” in the UK.

The renowned singer, who said he was so excited over the achievement, took to his Instagram page @burnaboygram to announce the news to his fans and also expressed love to everyone that supported him.

“AFRICAN GIANT SILVER IN THE UK & OWN IT X2 PLATINUM.

“Shouts to my brudda Stormzy and love to everyone that supports us. Go stream `REAL LIFE’ now,” he wrote.

A silver certification in the UK means an album has sold 60, 000 copies.

This came after news that ‘Own It’ by Stormzy featuring Burna Boy and Ed Sheeran, has a two-time platinum certification for selling 600,000 copies.

On June 4, it was announced that ‘Be Honest’, the 2019 single by British singer, Jorja Smith featuring Grammy nominee, Burna Boy has been certified platinum in France.

Burna Boy had accepted a gold plaque for his 2018 single “On The Low’’. The gold plaque is for selling 100,000 (or more) copies.

A gold plaque can also be handed to an artist, whose single has been streamed 15 million times in the country, thus 15 million streams of a single in France is equivalent to 100,000 pure sales.

Burna Boy is a multi-awarding Nigerian Afro-Pop singer, whose sound inspired by Nigerian legend Fela Kuti.

He got his breakthrough in 2012 with his hit single such as to Party off his debut album ‘L.I.F.E’ released in 2013.

Burna Boy in 2017, signed with Bad Habit/Atlantic Records in the U. S. and Warner Music Group internationally.

He released his first major-label backed album ‘Outside’ in 2018.

The artist immense contribution to the entertainment industry coupled with his numerous songs has made him outstanding.

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Cardi B still wearing Offset’s ring after filing for divorce

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American rapper, Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, known professionally as Cardi B, has been pictured rocking her wedding band, more than a week after filing a divorce suit from her hubby Offset.

Cardi, 27, has stated that her divorce wasn’t as a result of cheating or Offset having a baby outside their marriage, but that she got tired of arguing, while also mentioning that people grow apart.

Sharing a picture on her page where she wore a white dress, the ‘WAP’ crooner penned the caption ; All white and pearly.

 

Speaking on the divorce, American show host Wendy Williams stated that she hoped the couple were not pulling a stunt with their separation.

The couple who got married in a secret wedding in 2017, have a daughter together.

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BBNaija 2020: Leave Nengi alone – Neo warns Ozo

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Big Brother Naija, BBNaija housemate, Neo on Sunday morning warned Ozo to leave Nengi alone.

His warning came after Nengi and Ozo had an altercation on Saturday night at the party lounge.

Ozo had approached Nengi professing his love but Nengi bluntly told him to keep his stupid love and love himself first.

Ozo then approached Neo who then told him to stop putting pressure on Nengi.

According to him, “Just let her be, she would come around if she wants to.

“Stop killing the vibes, leave Nengi alone.”

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