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D'Banj arrives at the 2019 WildAid Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on November 09, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. .

Nigerian Police Drop D'banj Rape Case

Seyitan Babatayo and D'banj will reportedly settle the rape case outside of court as the two-year investigation now comes to an end.

Nigerian police in charge of D'banj's ongoing rape case have decided to discontinue the investigation into the rape allegations made by Seyitan Babatayo. The decision comes after family representatives of both Babatayo and D'banj reportedly held a meeting to discuss the matter. Babatayo, who is "Aunt Seyitan" on Twitter, recently released a public statement in support of the case closing.


The 2018 case against the Nigerian Afrobeats star dominated headlines in international news The Guardian and BBC. Babatayo alleged that D'banj raped her in a hotel in Lagos but the artist denied that the event had taken place and even went on to sue for defamation of character. In a bizarre turn of events, Babatayo recently claimed through a series of tweets, that she had been arrested by undercover cops dressed as delivery men and harassed for 48 hours before her release. The tweets were then deleted.

Babatayo's case reportedly moved Nigerian artist Tiwa Savage, who voiced her concern online against the rising rates of gender-based violence. Countrywide protests then rippled through Nigeria with protesters demanding that the government take action in the growing number of murders of young women such as university student Vera Omozuwa. Babatayo now states she accepted the out-of-court settlement because all she really wants is 'peace'.

Read: Nigeria Declares 'State of Emergency' on Rape

Gender-based violence has been on the rise across the continent during the global lockdown. South African police case reports have also increased sharply during the continued lockdown as many women and victims of abuse have been forced to quarantine with their abusers.

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.


Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.


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