D’banj finally speaks out about ICPC arrest for ‘N-Power fraud’


D’banj finally speaks out about ICPC arrest for ‘N-Power fraud’

D’banj, the singer, has denied any complicity in the fraud allegations against him by the Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes (ICPC).

On Tuesday, the singer was detained by the CIPC, a few weeks after the commission summoned him.

The ICPC confirmed that it is under investigation for allegedly diverting funds released for the N-Power project from the federal government.

In 2016, FG started the N-Power project to address the country’s unemployment challenges.

The stipends earmarked for the initiative’s beneficiaries were said to have been paid to accounts linked to D’banj.

In a statement on Wednesday, Maryam El-Yakub Musa, the singer’s legal representative, denied that D’banj had any connection to the fraud or its orchestrators.

“We acknowledge the fact that the ICPC is currently investigating the allegations of diversion of funds from N-POWER as already stated by the commission,” the statement read.

“We continue to hold out the expectation that the Commission will maintain the course of professionalism in this matter.

“For the record, D’banj has no contractual or incidental relationship with any group or person within or outside of government in connection with the disbursement, operations, access to, or control of the operation of, any government funds through a agency or its subsidiaries. .

“Emphatically and as a matter of policy, Dbanj and his management do not engage in business unless it is legitimate, properly documented and obtainable by law.”

On the accusation that D’banj failed to comply with ICPC invitations, the lawyer said that the singer was out of the country.

“He sent letters through his lawyers to the commission regarding his agenda in South Africa and promised to visit the commission when he returned,” the lawyer added.

“On Monday, December 5, 2022, D’banj freely and by his law-abiding consent went to the Commission around 2 pm immediately after his arrival in Abuja.

“D’banj has encouraged the commission to carry out its thorough investigation to ensure that the characters who try to lure him into such ludicrous activities are held to account.

“It is inconceivable that D’banj, whose career is a benchmark for hard work, diligence and honesty, would lend his reputation built firmly over the years to acts of such accusations.”


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