On Wednesday, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission confirmed the arrest of well-known performer Mr. Oladipo Oyebanjo, alias D’Banj, on suspicion of fraud in connection with the N-Power program. Azuka Ogugua, the anti-graft agency’s spokesperson, said in a statement that the incident was still under investigation.
She claimed that on June 8, 2016, the N-Power program was launched by the administration of President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.) to address young unemployment and promote social development. Ogugua noted that the ICPC has invited and granted administrative bail to roughly 10 individuals over the past three months in relation to the fraud. She claimed Oyebanjo turned down numerous requests to meet with an inquiry team.
In a statement, the musician’s attorney, Maryam Musa, called the news of his detention “misconceived, malicious, and prejudicial to the justice system.”
A part of the statement read this: “D’banj has no such contractual or incidental relationship whatsoever with any group or persons within or outside government in relation to the disbursement, operation, access or control of the operation of any government fund through an agency or its subsidiaries.”
DBANJ ENCOURAGES ICPC TO DO ITS INVESTIGATION AND CAUTIONS AGAINST MEDIA TRIAL
The media is awash with reports of Oladapo Oyebanjo (Dbanj) in ICPC custody with regards to unestablished allegations of fraud for which it has become crucial to make the following statement for the purpose of clarity and to set public records straight.
1. It is instructive to state foremost that the report concerning the arrest and detention of Mr. Daniel Oladapo Oyebanjo is misconceived, malicious and prejudicial to the justice system anywhere in the world and we would advise that the general public be well guided.
2. We acknowledge the fact that the ICPC is currently investigating allegations of diversion of N-POWER funds as already stated by the Commission and we continue to hold the expectation that the Commission will stay the course of professionalism in this matter.
3. For the record, D’banj has no such contractual or incidental relationship whatsoever with any group or persons within or outside government in relation to the disbursement, operations, access or control of the operation of any government fund through an agency or its subsidiaries.
While D’Banj’s case is yet unsolved, the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development said on Wednesday that it has reported the unethical behavior of several N-Power program payment service providers. According to the government, no one has ever been named an ambassador for the National Social Investment Programme, which included the N-Power program as one of its pillars.