ICPC Explains D’Banj’s Detention And Fraud Allegations
The singer was taken into detention on Tuesday at the ICPC national headquarters.
The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) has explained the reason behind the detention of Nigerian musician, Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo popularly known as D’Banj. The “Fall in Love’’ crooner was apprehended by the ICPC on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 over allegations relating to diversion of funds released by the government for the N-Power programme.
In a public statement released on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, ICPC noted that:
“In line with its mandate, the Commission had received numerous petitions on the diversion of N-Power funds running into billions of naira following the approval and release of such funds to the beneficiaries by the Federal Government. Many N-Power beneficiaries had complained over the non-receipt of the monthly funds in spite of payment by the Government.”
Further, the commission noted that the singer had failed to honour several invitations regarding the issue until he turned himself in and was detained on Tuesday:
“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 Mr. Oladipo Daniel Oyebanjo, to appear before a team of investigators were ignored and not honoured. Mr. Oyebanjo turned in himself and was taken into custody at the ICPC Headquarters on Tuesday, 6th December, 2022, and is currently assisting the investigators to unravel the circumstances of the fraud allegations by the petitioners.’’
ICPC promised to lead an investigation that “will be all-encompassing and also be extended to other collaborators of the fraud and the banks where the beneficiaries’ accounts are domiciled.”
The N-Power programme which is in its third phase is an initiative by the Nigerian government aimed at helped young unemployed Nigerian graduates.