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Oladapo Oyebanji

Popular Nigerian music star Oladapo Oyebanji, alias D’banj, has reportedly been detained by the Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes (ICPC) for allegedly diverting money intended for the beneficiaries of N-Power.

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Premium Times

D’banj was detained on Tuesday when he showed up at the anti-corruption agency’s headquarters in Abuja, reports Premium Times.

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An ICCP source who confirmed the report to THE WHISTLE He said on Wednesday that the singer was still in custody and could soon be charged in court after the conclusion of the investigations.

Master Koko

‘Master Koko’, as he is affectionately called, is said to have initially ignored several invitations to appear for questioning at the ICPC office and only later took advantage of the agency’s threat to arrest him anywhere in Nigeria and in the Foreign.

The rapper and television personality, according to the report, was linked to accounts used to fraudulently divert money intended for recipients of N-Power, a federal government scheme created to address youth unemployment and help increase social development.

THE WHISTLE

An ICPC source who requested anonymity said THE WHISTLE that “He (Dbanj) will be questioned again today and a statement will be issued, he will be charged before the court after the investigation.”

It was further alleged that D’banj conspired with some government officials to introduce phantom beneficiaries onto the plan’s payroll. The stipend paid to those beneficiaries is then paid to accounts that have now allegedly been linked to it.

The singer who was subjected to a lengthy interrogation session on Tuesday was denied bail on the grounds that he could skip bail.

The 42-year-old songwriter and record label owner is not new to controversy.

Seyitan Babatayo

In June 2020, a Seyitan Babatayo accused Dbanj of raping her after the singer posted “say no to rape” on social media.

After several back and forth, Babatayo released a statement saying that she and D’banj had reached a “non-monetary” agreement, adding that “I just want my peace.”

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