Popular Nigerian singer, Oladapo Oyebanji, known as ‘D’banj‘, has been allegedly arrested and detained by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission, ICPC, on suspicion of fraudulently diverting funds intended for the N-Power project into his personal accounts.
According to reports, the singer was arrested on Tuesday, 6th December, 2022, after ICPC operatives moved on him and forced him to surrender.
The N-Power project is an empowerment programme set up by the Nigerian government in 2016 to tackle issues like youth unemployment and increase social development.
It was reported that D’banj had a pact with some government officials, who introduced non-existent beneficiaries into the scheme and the money allocated to those beneficiaries has now been found in accounts that are linked to the singer.
He was allegedly summoned for weeks prior to his arrest, but refused to heed them.
Having avoided the ICPC’s invitation for a conversation multiple times, the commission was forced to call for his arrest anywhere in Nigeria or abroad. This led to his arrest.
D’banj has been an active participant on the Nigerian music scene since 2004, with several hit tunes to his credit.
Story: Asma’u Sani