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Just in: Nigerian pop star, D’banj, arrested by ICPC

Popular Nigerian pop star, Oladapo Oyebanji a.k.a D’banj has been arrested by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over alleged fraudulent diversion of millions of N-Power funds in collaboration with some government officials.

Per Seconds News reliably gathered that the music star, currently detained at the ICPC Headquarters, Abuja, has been denied administrative bail.

Indication also emerged that the singer may be charged to court this week as the anti-graft body is said to be ”pushing hard” to get to the root of D’banj’s involvement in the alleged fraud.

A source within the anti-graft agency disclosed that D’banj was arrested and detained on Tuesday after ICPC operatives forced him to surrender after threats that he would be apprehended anywhere in the world, if he failed to show up.

D’Banj, it was learnt, had been invited three times for questioning but refused to show up.

D’banj was said to have colluded with some government officials to inject ghost beneficiaries into the payroll of the scheme.

With this, the stipends paid to those ghost beneficiaries are directly paid into the bank accounts linked to the singer.

Efforts to speak with D’banj’s Manager, Obasijuade proved abortive as he would not pick his calls and didn’t respond to his text message.

Per Seconds News also learnt that his manger was believed not to be with D’banj when he was picked up but he flew to Abuja to meet his principal as they try to get him out of ICPC cell.

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