BREAKING: Nigerian Pop Star D’banj Reportedly Arrested, Detained In Abuja

Date: 07-12-2022 9:30 am (1 month ago) | Author: onuigbo felicia
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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, (ICPC) has arrested and detained Oladapo Oyebanji, more known by his stage name, D’banj.

The musician was arrested and detained Tuesday after ICPC operatives closed in on him, forcing him to surrender himself at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, sources familiar with the matter said.

D’banj, insiders said, had dodged summons for weeks, claiming to be overseas for scheduled concerts each time he was invited to appear for interrogation over fraud allegation.

The pop star, a wealthy Nigerian celebrity, is accused of fraudulently diverting hundreds of millions naira earmarked by the Nigerian government for N-Power project, an empowerment programme set up by the Nigerian government in 2016 to address youth unemployment and increase social development.

Investigators allege that D’banj colluded with some compromised government officials to introduce ghost beneficiaries into the payroll of the scheme. The stipend paid to those beneficiaries are then paid to accounts that have now allegedly been linked to the pop star.

After the musician failed to show up for interrogation despite multiple invitations, the ICPC moved to arrest him anywhere in Nigeria and abroad, forcing him to show up at the commission’s office on Tuesday.

On arrival, D’banj was subjected to a prolonged interrogation session after which he was detained. His plea for administrative bail was rejected by officials who said the musician could not be trusted to attend his trial if released on bail.

Our sources said the ICPC might approach the court on Wednesday for an extended remand order to enable the agency complete its investigation before charging the musician to court.

The spokesperson for the ICPC, Azuka Ogugua, could not be reached to comment for this story. She is said to be attending a programme abroad. Being in detention, the musician too could not be reached for comment

D’banj, 42, also known as the Kokomaster, was born on 9 June, 1980 in Zaria in Kaduna State, north-west Nigeria, to a military officer who commanded an artillery regiment and a businesswoman from Shagamu in Ogun State (South-west Nigeria), his profile on Wikipedia says.

A songwriter, singer, rapper and television personality, D’banj has been active in the vibrant Nigerian music scene since 2004. He sings afrobeat, hip pop, pop, and R&B.

Posted: at 7-12-2022 09:30 AM (1 month ago) | Addicted Hero
- kp45 at 7-12-2022 12:47 PM (1 month ago)
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Dress like school boy
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- Goldtime at 7-12-2022 01:34 PM (1 month ago)
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Quote from: kp45 on  7-12-2022 12:47 PM
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Posted: at 7-12-2022 01:34 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Goldtime at 7-12-2022 02:14 PM (1 month ago)
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This has always been my point .An average Nigerian is a devil’s shield.Give them the opportunity for change ,an opportunity to change the narratives but what you will get is even worse than those we accused of oppressing and impoverishing the poor people. What I can see here is not surprising but as it has always been .Will Nigeria ever get better ? That’s a question before I and I .It’s almost impossible to find one person in that country with a clean record . So, tell me , how is Nigeria going get better ?
Posted: at 7-12-2022 02:14 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
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- gogoman at 7-12-2022 03:35 PM (1 month ago)
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they are all criminals using their star nonsense to scam and scam and keep scaming to hide money for their useless unborn children... how can u be stealing for your unborn children!! is that not stupidity!!! are they handicapped that can not work  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 7-12-2022 03:35 PM (1 month ago) | Grande Master
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- smart61 at 7-12-2022 06:37 PM (1 month ago)
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Quote from: Goldtime on  7-12-2022 02:14 PM
This has always been my point .An average Nigerian is a devil’s shield.Give them the opportunity for change ,an opportunity to change the narratives but what you will get is even worse than those we accused of oppressing and impoverishing the poor people. What I can see here is not surprising but as it has always been .Will Nigeria ever get better ? That’s a question before I and I .It’s almost impossible to find one person in that country with a clean record . So, tell me , how is Nigeria going get better ?
…AS LONG AS NIGERIA IS BEING RULED BY NIGERIANS, NIGERIA CAN NEVER BE BETTER. CORRUPTION IS A NIGERIAN BY BIRTH. 90% OF NIGERIANS ARE NATURALLY BAD AND EVIL.
Posted: at 7-12-2022 06:37 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
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