The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has detained D’banj, a Nigerian singer, on suspicion of fraud. According to a story from Premium Times published on Wednesday, 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 Social Investment Programmes (SIPs) established by the Muhammadu Buhari administration to address unemployment and advance social development include N-power. The multi-award-winning artist was reportedly forced to present himself by ICPC agents at the organization’s Abuja headquarters before being apprehended and imprisoned on Tuesday.
According to the report’s sources, D’banj had been evading ICPC subpoenas for weeks while claiming he had engagements abroad. The investigations claimed that D’banj collaborated with some government employees to include fictitious beneficiaries in the N-Power payment scheme, with cash intended for beneficiaries being tracked to accounts connected to D’banj.
According to information obtained by our correspondent, D’banj was held when an ICPC official refused his request for administrative bail, after which he was subjected to a protracted interrogation. According to information obtained by The Guardian, the anti-graft bureau may prosecute D’banj with fraud and fund-diversion after closing its investigation.