D’Banj in CIPC custody for alleged N-Power fraud

All seems not to be well with a Nigerian pop star, Mr. Dapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’Banj, as there are reports that he is in the custody of the Independent Commission for Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses (ICPC).

In a Premium Times report, which has not been independently verified by trade publicationit was alleged that the artist was arrested for fraud related to the N-Power project.

The government came up with this scheme in 2016, just a year after President Muhammadu Buhari took office, to provide short-term jobs for the country’s youth, especially graduates.

In the report, D’Banj was included in the program to capitalize on his popularity among Nigerian youth, but he allegedly colluded with some government officials to divert funds intended for the successful implementation of the initiative.

According to the report, the agency invited him to explain how the funds earmarked for the scheme reached the bank accounts linked to him, but he reportedly ignored it and gave different excuses.

However, when it seemed like the end of the road for him, the singer turned himself in at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday and has not been released despite efforts to obtain administrative bail.

Citing sources familiar with D’Banj’s arrest, the reputable platform revealed that CIPC is seeking a court order to hold the Kokomaster for an extended period, pending the conclusion of the investigation and possibly appearing in court for trial. prosecution.

It was alleged that “D’Banj in collusion with some compromised government officials to introduce phantom payees onto the payroll of the scheme.”

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