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D’Banj Continues ₦1.5 Billion 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 with Saturday PUNCH 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 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, investigation was discontinued as no substantial evidence to prove the allegation of rape against the suspect.”

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 actively 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 with Saturday PUNCH 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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President Buhari speaks on building friendships with other african nations

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday spoke on the importance of joining hands as with other african countries to consistently secure each other’s advantages, saying their common endurance relies upon each other.

President Buhari expressed this while playing host to President Patrice Talon of Republic of Benin, who was on an authority visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President in an assertion gave by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, stated, “good neighbourliness is very important in our lives.

The survival of your neighbour is also your own, and we will continue to work with our neighbours in the light of this understanding.”

He reviewed that on suspicion of office for initial term in 2015, one of the absolute initial steps he took was to visit adjoining nations of Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin – all towards manufacturing a typical comprehension on pivotal issues, including security, exchange and advancement.

According to him, “And those are issues we must continue to engage on, for the good of our countries and the people. Whatever irritations that come up must be removed.”

Talking prior, President Talon stated, he was in Nigeria to show appreciation to President Buhari for the vigorous authority he shows in Nigeria and Africa. Taking note of that the difficulties of 2020 were gigantic, he focused on that similar difficulties may stay in 2021, “and our relationship as neighbours must, therefore, remain cordial.”

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Kaduna State government postpones resumption date of schools

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State government makes U-Turn, orders conclusion of schools until further notice.

The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced the resumption date for schools in Kaduna state.

The Kaduna state government has declared that all schools inside the state should stay shut until additional notification.

The state’s permanent secretary, ministry of education, Phoebe Sukai Yayi, uncovered that schools in the state won’t continue on Monday, January 18, as affirmed by the national government.

As per Daily Trust, Yayi in an assertion on Sunday, January 17, expressed that the request commanding the conclusion of schools in the state additionally stretches out to government organizations.

She said a date for the resumption of schools will be declared after the public authority’s appraisal of the COVID-19 circumstance in the state.

The worker said:

“We want to make it categorically clear that Kaduna State is yet to fix a date for resumption to schools.

“In as much as the federal government has declared 18th January 2021 as the date for resumption Kaduna state is yet to declare a date for resumption.

“According to Vanguard, Yayi also noted that approvals were given to the National Open University and Kaduna Polytechnic to conduct exams for their students following a written request by both institutions.

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Parler sues Amazon for taking down its site

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Parler, a fair-minded free discourse network zeroed in on genuine client encounters and commitment was as of late suspended by Amazon web administrations (AWS), Google and Apple, sending the online media application disconnected.

This move came because of the lethal mob on US Capitol building, to a great extent on the grounds that the stage didn’t take measures to check vicious substance on its site from favorable to best allies which empowered and affected savagery.

The company  feels like it is being singled out since a ton of clients that were suspended from Twitter and different stages have moved to Parler, where their substance won’t be observed or surveilled – along these lines, it seems like the top organizations are attempting to take out the opposition, as per their Chief Policy Officer – Amy Peikoff.

Forbes announced that Parler has sued Amazon Web administrations after Amazon restricted the site from being facilitated on its workers. Parler asked the U.S. Region Court of the Western District of Washington to give a brief limiting request to prevent the webpage from going  disconnected, saying in their claim that Amazon’s choice will compel the site disconnected for “a monetarily crushing period” of time.

Parler asserted that Amazon abused antitrust laws and was “persuaded by political enmity” in its choice to suspend the organization over the activities of its clients.

The organization said in its claim that “without AWS, Parler is done as it has no real way to get web based,” asserting that deferring a controlling request “by even one day could likewise stable Parler’s passing ring as President Trump and others proceed onward to different stages.”

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