Franklin Amudo, the former manager to D’banj, said Seyitan Babatayo, who accused the singer of rape was paid $100 after the incident in 2018.
Seyitan publicly made the accusations on June 3, 2020, claiming that the incident happened in Glee Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Franklin had narrated his own side of the story, saying he was the one who invited Seyitan to an event in Lagos where D’Banj attended and performed on December 30, 2018.
Franklin said he gave Seyitan the key-card to his room to pass the night at Glee hotel when she told him she couldn’t return home that night as it was too late.
He did not sleep in the room as he had to go home to prepare for an early morning flight to Accra, Ghana.
However, in an interview with GoldMynetv, Franklin made more revelation about the incident.
He said that he contacted Ajia Mohammed, one of D’banj’s’s close friends, afterwards who told him that the alleged victim was offered $100, which according to him, Seyitan said was “money for medications”.
“Upon getting to Ghana, I just saw that my phone kept on ringing because we were on the bus, and it was Seyitan. We were in the car to the apartment so I didn’t pick,” he told the news outlet.
“When we got to the apartment, I put on the wifi then I saw her message and I called her back and asked why she was calling me.
The first question she asked was that ‘were you aware that D’banj was coming to my room?’ I said no because first of all D’banj doesn’t even know my room, and he didn’t even lodge at Glee hotel.”
“That was when she made the allegation that D’banj came into her room and had forceful carnal knowledge of her. She sent it via voice note. I can even play it for you.
“I was disturbed. I called Chizzy and told him about it and we spoke. Let’s not forget that D’banj’s wife was also on that trip with us and we were all staying at an Airbnb apartment.
“I could not bring up the topic because of that. I called Ajia Mohammed in Lagos, told him about it and asked for his take on the issue. He was like ‘Franklyn don’t bother yourself, it has been resolved’.
He said he had given the girl involved $100. Then I called Seyitan to confirm about the $100 and why she is still talking about rape, she got angry.
Seyitan in the same voice note said she was not trying to clout, that she just wanted me to know the kind of people I was working with and I said noted. That was the end of our conversation.”
Amodu, who stopped working with the singer in 2018, said he maintained his silence since the accusations were made public because he did not want to get involved in an incident he didn’t witness.
The artist manager said he is speaking up because some people have accused him of being the mastermind of the rape allegations against D’banj.
Watch him speak below:
D’banj has since denied the rape allegations and filed a N1.5 billion lawsuit against Seyitan through his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome at the federal high court in Abuja.