The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) arrested and detained Oladapo Oyebanji, better known as D’banj.
The musician was arrested and detained on Tuesday after ICPC operatives closed in on him, forcing him to surrender himself at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Insiders said D’banj had evaded summons for weeks, claiming to be overseas for scheduled concerts each time he was summoned for questioning on a fraud allegation.
The singer is accused of fraudulently diverting hundreds of millions of naira earmarked by the Nigerian government for the N-Power project, a youth empowerment program established by the Nigerian government in 2016 to address youth unemployment and increase economic opportunities.
Investigators believe D’banj conspired with some corrupt government officials to put ghost beneficiaries on the scheme’s payroll. The stipend is then paid to those beneficiaries’ accounts, which are now allegedly linked to the pop star.
Reasons for D’banj’s Arrest
The ICPC moved to arrest the musician anywhere in Nigeria and abroad after he failed to appear for interrogation despite multiple invitations, forcing him to appear at the commission’s office on Tuesday.
D’banj was detained after being subjected to a lengthy interrogation session upon his arrival. Officials denied his request for administrative bail, claiming that if released on bail, the musician could not be trusted to attend his trial.
According to our sources, the ICPC may petition the court on Wednesday for an extended remand order to allow the agency to complete its investigation before charging the musician in court.
Azuka Ogugua, the ICPC’s spokesperson, could not be reached for comment on this story. She is said to be attending a program in another country. Because he was detained, the musician could not be reached for comment.
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