…sources say D’Banj would be arraigned in court this week, for an extended remand order
The Afro Pop maestro, Oladapo Oyebanji popularly known as D’banj, has been arrested by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, over alleged fund diversion.
The Daily Vendor learnt that the singer was alleged to have diverted N-Power funds running into millions in collaboration with some government officials.
The singer is currently detained at the commission’s Headquarters, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Premium Times had earlier exclusively reported that D’banj was arrested and detained on Tuesday.
An impeccable source within the anti-graft agency confirmed to our correspondent that the singer 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 source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, noted that though the singer had earlier been invited for questioning on several occasions the singer had refused to show up, claiming 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 he 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.
The spokesperson for the commission, Mrs. Azuka Ogugua, did not take calls or respond to text messages by newsmen on Wednesday morning.