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Fund diversion: D’banj to be arraigned before court this week

D'banj was arrested by the ICPC

Popular singer, Oladapo Oyebanji popularly known as D’banj has been detained by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission over his role in allegedly diverting millions of the N-Power funds in collaboration with some top government officials.

The Punch reports that the singer is currently detained at the ICPC Headquarters, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Recall that Premium Times reported that D’banj was arrested and detained on Tuesday.

An impeccable source within the anti-graft agency confirmed to our correspondent that D’banj was arrested and detained on the said day after ICPC operatives forced him to surrender after threats that he’d be arrested anywhere in the world, if he failed to show up, The Punch reports.

The source who spoke to The Punch on the condition of anonymity has stated that the singer turned down several invitations by the government agency. He claimed on all occasions 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.

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