The Independent Corruption Practices and Other Related Crimes Commission (ICPC) is said to have arrested the famous Nigerian music star, Oladapo Oyebanji A.K.A D`banj, for allegedly embezzling funds intended for those N-Power beneficiary.
D`banj was arrested on Tuesday when he appeared at anti-corruption agency headquarters in Abuja.
A source at ICPC confirmed on Wednesday that the male singer is still in custody and could be brought to trial soon after the investigation concludes.
“koko master,” as he is affectionately known, is said to have initially ignored several invitations to appear for questioning at the ICPC office and only appeared after the agency threatened to arrest him anywhere in Nigeria and abroad.
According to reports, the rapper and TV personality has been linked to accounts used to fraudulently transfer money to beneficiaries of N-Power – a federal government program established to combat youth unemployment and help promote social development.
A CIPC source, who requested anonymity, said that “he (Dbanj) will be questioned again today and a statement will be made, he will be brought to justice after the investigation if found guilty.”
It is also alleged that D`banj conspired with several government officials to introduce virtual beneficiaries to the scheme’s payroll.
The benefits paid to these beneficiaries are then paid into the accounts that will later be linked to it.
The singer who was subjected to a lengthy questioning session on Tuesday was denied bail on the grounds that he could skip bail.
The 42-year-old musician and record label owner is no stranger to controversy.
In June 2020, a certain Seyitan Babatayo accused Dbanj of raping her after the singer posted “no to rape” on social media.
After much back and forth, Babatayo released a statement saying she and D`banj had agreed to a “non-monetary” deal, adding that “I just want my peace”.