"My enemies are behind the allegation" - Fuji musician, Obesere denies rape accusation

published on Thursday, 6 March 2014

Fuji musician, Abass Akande  known to everyone as Obesere who was arrested after he was accused of raping a 29-year-old woman has said that the allegation was a set-up calculated to smear him and destroy his career.Obesere made this statement on WAZOBIA, a breakfast programme on a Lagos-based television station, MITV.Speaking in Yoruba, the Fuji musician said his accuser, Olanike Olaiya cooked up the allegation as a blackmail scheme to extort between five and ten million Naira from him.Premium Times reports:He however admitted knowing the woman, saying she was introduced to him by another female acquaintance, Bola Olowo. He said the woman visited him at home requesting to be appointed a marketer for  ”Obesere” rice.Obesere also admitted having sex with the woman but denied raping her. He said he was never arrested by the police.The musician said, “She visited me at home at night and it was too late for her to return to her place. I won’t lie about the fact that we had intimate encounter. But I did not rape her. And it was about four or five days after she visited me that she went to the police to allege that I raped her.“I went to the police station but when when I realized that the officers there were favouring her as a complainant, I requested them to transfer the case to the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Panti, Yaba.“There, they asked her for evidence that she was raped. There was no injury on her. Her clothes were intact. When she couldn’t produce evidence, the police advised her not to attempt to blackmail me. They advised her to gently approach me and ask for help if she wanted anything.“When she first called me to say she was feeling sick, I called the woman who introduced her to me to take her to hospital. But Alhaja said nothing was wrong with her, that she was only trying to extort me. Alhaja said she planned to blackmail me into parting with between five and ten million naira.“I can tell you my enemies are behind the allegation. They are trying to bring me down. But they won’t succeed because I’m a child of God, a messenger of God. Once God remains behind me, nobody can bring me down.“I’m a responsible man, a reliable man. But I’m human and therefore fallible. But I’m not losing sleep about this allegation. I’m undeterred and I’m going about my business because I have no doubt that the truth will prevail.”There had been report on Wednesday that Obesere allegedly raped Ms Olaiya in his Okota residence in Lagos and was thereafter arrested by the police.