Diverting Funds: ICPC Detains D’banj

by Echezona obinna

Oladapo Oyebanji, better known by his stage name D’banj, has been detained by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission over “alleged money diversion” of millions of N-Power dollars in coordination with some government officials, according to ANAEDOONLINE.NG.

He is now being held at the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja’s ICPC Headquarters.

According to a reliable source within the anti-graft organisation, D’banj was apprehended and held on Tuesday after being coerced into surrendering by ICPC agents who threatened to arrest him anywhere in the world if he didn’t show up.

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The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, noted that though D’Banj had earlier been invited for questioning on several occasions the singer had refused to show up, claiming that he was out of the country for scheduled concerts.
The source said, “Our investigation shows that D’banj colluded with some government officials to infuse ghost beneficiaries into the payroll of the scheme. With this, the stipend paid to those ghost beneficiaries are directly paid to bank accounts linked to the singer.
“On arrival he was interrogated for hours after which he was detained and his plea for administrative bail was rejected by officials, for lack of trust.”


The source who noted that an official statement would soon be released concerning the matter, confirmed that D’Banj would be arraigned in court this week, for an extended remand order to enable further investigation before finally charging him to court to answer to the allegations.
The spokesperson for the ICPC, Mrs. Azuka Ogugua, did not take calls or respond to text messages by our correspondent on Wednesday morning.

ANAEDOONLINE.NG reports that Ogugua and other top-ranked official of the ICPC are currently attending a programme abroad.


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