Popular Nigerian singer, Mr. Oladipo Daniel Oyebanjo, otherwise known by his stage name D’Banj has been arrested by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over his alleged involvement in N-Power Programme fraud.
Recall that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government on 8th June, 2016 established the scheme to address the issues of youth unemployment and empowerment, and help increase social development.
However, the scheme may not have lived up to expectation as many N-Power beneficiaries had complained over the non-receipt of the monthly funds in spite of payment by the Government.
Reacting to the development, ICPC noted that it had received countless petitions on the diversion of N-Power funds running into billions of naira following the approval and release of such funds to the beneficiaries by the Federal Government.
“About 10 persons have been invited by the ICPC over the last few months in connection with the N-Power fraud, and have been granted administrative bail after their detention. Several invitations to Mr. Oladipo Daniel Oyebanjo, to appear before a team of investigators were ignored and not honoured.
“Mr. Oyebanjo turned in himself and was taken into custody at the ICPC Headquarters on Tuesday, 6th December, 2022, and is currently assisting the investigators to unravel the circumstances of the fraud allegations by the petitioners.
“The investigation will be all-encompassing and also be extended to other collaborators of the fraud and the banks where the beneficiaries’ accounts are domiciled,” an ICPC communique partly read.
According to the Commission, the investigation is ongoing and it would be preferred that no one pre-empts the outcome of the inquiry.