D’banj Allegedly Arrested and Detained Over Charges of Organised Fraud


According to multiple reports, veteran singer and Afrobeats pioneer Oladapo Oyebanji, known by his stage name, Dbanj, has been arrested and detained by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) over allegations of fraud. Media say the 42-year-old had been receiving invitations to the panel, but dodged all of them citing a busy schedule as his reason.

Reports allege that D’banj colluded with compromised government officials to introduce ghost beneficiaries into the payroll of the scheme N-Power youth empowerment program introduced by the Buhari administration in 2016. The stipend paid to those beneficiaries are then paid to accounts that have now allegedly been linked to the pop star.

Reports say the detention began on Tuesday, December 6, after ICPC operatives closed in on the Afrobeats star, leaving him with no choice but to turn himself in for investigation.

On arrival, D’banj was subjected to a prolonged interrogation session before he was detained and had his plea for administrative bail rejected by officials, who said the musician could not be trusted to attend his trial if released on bail.

Media aalso report that ICPC might approach the court on Wednesday, December 7 for an extended remand order, to enable the agency complete its investigation before charging the D’banj to court.

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