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ICPC reveals why popular Nigerian singer, D’Banj was arrested, detained

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has revealed why the agency was detaining the popular Nigerian singer, Oladipo-Daniel Oyebanjo, professionally known as D’Banj.

The arrest and detention of the pop singer was confirmed by the spokesperson of the ICPC, Mrs Azuka Ogugua in a statement released on Wednesday in Abuja, the country’s capital.

“About 10 persons have been invited by the ICPC over the last few months in connection with the N-Power fraud, and have been granted administrative bail after their detention.

“Several invitations to Oyebanjo to appear before a team of investigators were ignored and not honoured.

“Oyebanjo turned in himself and was taken into custody at the ICPC Headquarters on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, and is currently assisting the investigators to unravel the circumstances of the fraud allegations by the petitioners.

“The investigation will be all-encompassing and also be extended to other collaborators of the fraud and the banks where the beneficiaries’ accounts are domiciled.

“This press release has become necessary to set the record straight in view of the reports awash in the media,” she said.

The Informant247 earlier reported that the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has arrested and detained the popular Nigerian singer, Oladapo Oyebanji, professionally known as D’banj.

The ICPC arrested and detained the singer on Tuesday at the headquarters of the agency in Abuja.

Dbanj was arrested and detained over alleged fraud.

He was alleged of diversion of hundreds of naira budgeted by the federal government for the payment of N-Power project.

The N-Power project was an empowerment programme set up by the federal government in 2016 to reduce unemployment in the country.

Report has it that the Nigerian singer collaborated with the officials of government include fake beneficiaries into the payroll of the scheme.

It was gathered that the funds to be paid to the fake beneficiaries have allegedly taxed to the singer.

The pop singer has refused to honour the invitation of the agency, and was subsequently arrested and brought before the agency on Tuesday.

After intensive questioning at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja, he was detained.

The agency has declined his plea for administrative bail.

It was learned that the agency may drag the pop star to court.

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