Nigeria’s Afrobeat Star D’Banj has been arrested and detained over an allegation of fraudulent transfer of funds from the N-Power project in Nigeria. This is according to an exclusive report from Premium Timesan online Nigerian Newspaper.
According to the report, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offenses Commission(ICPC) arrested D’Banj whose official name is Oladapo Oyebanji.
What the report says: The online newspaper suggested that the artist evaded arrest for several weeks until the authorities arrested him.
- “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, sources familiar with the matter said. D’banj, insiders said, has been avoiding calls for weeks, claiming he was out of the country for scheduled concerts each time he was invited to appear for questioning over the fraud allegation.
- “The pop star, a rich Nigerian celebrity, accused of fraudulently transferring hundreds of naira allocated by the Nigerian government for the N-Power projectis an empowerment program established by the Nigerian government in 2016 to address youth unemployment and increase social development.
- “Investigators alleged that D’banj colluded with some compromised government officials to introduce ghost beneficiaries to the payroll of the scheme. The stipend paid to the beneficiaries will then be paid into the accounts now allegedly linked to the pop star.
D’banj is said to have been denied any administrative bail after he was subjected to “multiple interrogation” by the ICPC.
About the ICPC: The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission was inaugurated on September 29th, 2000 by the Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR.
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- The Commission promotes the country’s fight against corruption and says its first duty is to receive complaints, investigate, and prosecute offenders.
- Its duties also include receiving and investigating reports of corrupt offenses created by the Act and in appropriate cases prosecuting the offender(s) – Enforcement duties.
- Also to examine, review and implement the correction of systems and methods that are vulnerable to corruption and methods of public bodies, with a view to eliminating or reducing corruption in public life – preventive duties.
- Other duties that review and change the systems and procedures of public bodies as well as educate the public and improve their support in the fight against corruption.
Read the Premium Times article.