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ICPC arrests D’banj for 'colluding with government officials to steal N-Power funds'


Oladapo Oyebanji, the musician popularly known as D’banj has been arrested and detained by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, (ICPC) for allegedly colluding with corrupt government officials to devert N-Power funds.

The N-Power project is an empowerment programme set up by the federal government in 2016 to address youth unemployment and increase social development.

According to report, the singer was arrested and detained Tuesday after he arrived the agency’s headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

D’banj is said to have dodged summons for weeks, claiming to be overseas for music concerts each time he was invited by the ICPC to appear for interrogation over fraud allegation.

The pop star is accused of colluding with some compromised government officials to introduce ghost beneficiaries into the payroll of the N-Power scheme.

The stipend paid to those fake beneficiaries are then paid to accounts that have now allegedly been linked to D'banj.

Report said that after the singer failed to show up for interrogation despite multiple invitations, the ICPC moved to arrest him anywhere in Nigeria and abroad, forcing him to show up at the commission’s office on Tuesday.

On arrival, D’banj was subjected to a prolonged interrogation session after which he was detained. His plea for administrative bail was rejected by officials who said he could not be trusted to attend his trial if released on bail.

The report stated that the ICPC might approach the court on Wednesday for an extended remand order to enable the agency complete its investigation before charging the D'banj to court.

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