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N-Power: D’Banj released, says he has nothing to do with fraud



POPULAR Nigerian musician Oladapo Oyebanjo, aka D’Banj, has said he has nothing to do with fraud following his release, on a self-recognition basis, by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC) on Friday.

D’Banj had been in detention for 72 hours.

The ICIR had reported that the ICPC had detained the singer over allegations of fraud related to the N-Power program.

The N-Power is a scheme established by President Muhammadu Buhari on June 8, 2016 to tackle youth unemployment, empowerment and promote social development.

The ICPC said that it had received numerous petitions about the diversion of N-Power funds which amount to billions of naira following the approval and release of such funds to the beneficiaries by the federal government.

Many N-Power beneficiaries had complained about not receiving the monthly funds despite being paid by the government.

According to D’Banj’s lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, the musician was innocent of charges of misappropriation of funds related to the social empowerment program.

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Shortly after his release, D’Banj said in a statement that he was only invited by the ICPC and assisted the committee with everything he knew to expose the truth surrounding the controversies.

“Global thank you to the world. I was invited for an ongoing research in ICPC. I have assisted the committee with everything I know and I have confidence in their ability to unravel the truth.

“I have nothing to do with fraud. All I do is chop life. I was released on self-recognition because nothing was seen or found about me. God bless you all my people,” he said.

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