A popular singer, Oladapo Oyebanjo also known as D’banj, has denied the allegations levelled against him by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission of fraudulently diverting funds meant for the beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s economic empowerment programme, N-Power.
D’banj was reportedly detained by the ICPC on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, after being questioned by officials of the commission.
In a statement sent to reporters by the singer’s lawyers, Law Corridor, it described reports of D’banj’s arrest as “malicious and prejudicial.”
The statement titled, ‘D’banj encourages ICPC to do its investigation and cautions against media trial’, and signed by Maryam Musa, the law firm’s assistant team head, litigation, read, “The media is awash with reports of Oladapo Oyebanjo (D’banj) in ICPC custody with regards to unestablished (sic) 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.
“It is instructive to state foremost that the report concerning the arrest and detention of Mr 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.”
However, the singer’s solicitors admitted that the ICPC was currently investigating allegations of diversion of N-POWER funds, adding that they believed the commission will stay the course of professionalism in the matter.”
The statement also claimed that D’banj did not have any ‘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’.
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