The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has detained D’banj, a Nigerian singer, on suspicion of fraud.
According to a report 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 suspected misappropriation of money 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 compelled to present himself by ICPC agents at the organization’s Abuja headquarters before being apprehended and imprisoned on Tuesday.
The story cited sources as saying D’banj had evaded ICPC summonses for weeks and claimed he had obligations abroad before being arrested.
According to the claims, D’banj and a few government officials reportedly planned to use fictitious beneficiaries in the N-Power payment program, with cash intended for beneficiaries being tracked to accounts connected to D’banj.
Our source learned that D’banj had a protracted interview and was held after ICPC officials denied his request for administrative bail.
According to information obtained by The Guardian, the anti-graft bureau may prosecute D’banj with fraud and fund-diversion after closing its investigation.