ICPC nabs D’banj over alleged N-Power fraud

ICPC nabs D’banj over alleged N-Power fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arrested Nigerian singer, D’banj, over alleged fraud.

D’banj was held by the ICPC after repeatedly declining requests for an explanation of his involvement in the alleged misappropriation of funds for the N-Power project.

The Muhammadu Buhari administration established N-power as a the Social Investment Programmes (SIPs) to address unemployment and also advance social development.

The multiple-award-winning singer was arrested and detained on Tuesday, December 6, 2022. His arrest came after ICPC operatives reportedly forced him to surrender himself at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja.

Investigators allege that D’banj colluded with some government officials to introduce ghost beneficiaries into the payroll of the scheme. The stipends paid to those beneficiaries were subsequently paid to accounts later allegedly linked to the celebrity.

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In addition, it was learnt that the ICPC might approach the court on Wednesday for an extended remand order. This will enable the agency complete its investigation before charging the musician to court.

Nigerian singer, D’banj, is not new to controversies.

In June 2020, he was also entangled in a messy drama involving the alleged rape of a lady in 2018. A Nigerian model scout, Benjamin Ese, had alleged that D’banj raped his friend on December 31, 2018, at a hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos.

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