D’Banj has been allegedly arrested over fraud
D’Banj, a well-known artist from Nigeria by the name of Oladapo Oyebanji, was detained after evading numerous police summonses for alleged fraud.
On Tuesday, December 6th 2022, agents of Nigeria’s Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) swarmed D’Banj to take him into custody.
He was held, and pending a court appearance, bail has been conditionally denied.
According to the Premium Times in Nigeria, D’Banj was pulled up on Tuesday in Abuja.
He allegedly avoided summonses for weeks by stating that he was abroad for scheduled concerts each time he was asked to appear for an interview about fraud allegations.
As a result, they had no choice but to place him under arrest.
The “Kokomaster” is charged with defrauding the Nigerian government of hundreds of millions of naira intended for the N-Power project, an empowerment initiative launched by the Nigerian government in 2016 to combat youth unemployment and advance social development.
Investigators assert that D’banj conspired with some corrupt government agents to add fictitious beneficiaries to the scheme’s payroll. Then, the recipients get payments into accounts that are now purportedly connected to the pop star.
After being detained on Tuesday, D’Banj underwent questioning before spending the night there.
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