LAWYER MAINTAINS D’BANJ’S INNOCENCE, CALLS ON NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TO INTERVENE.
Written by AIGBOKHAEBHO OKHUELEIGBE on December 9, 2022
Pelumi Olajengbesi, lawyer to Oladapo Oyebanji, popularly known as D’Banj, has maintained that the singer is innocent of all the allegations leveled against him by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).
Olajengbesi demanded that D’Banj be released, while asking the National Assembly to wade into the matter by probing the allegations leveled client.
He further challenged the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to reveal the identities of the persons the singer may have colluded with.
The ICPC had on Wednesday issued a statement claiming the ‘Óliver Twist’ crooner was detained over an alleged diversion of N-Power funds.
The Lawyer’s statement read in part:
We, in the same vein, reiterate that D’banj has no such access nor colluded with any government officials over any dubious transaction. The very allegation is a nightmare that must be dissipated by an assertion of the truth of D’banj’s unimpeachable innocence.
D’Banj is being accused of conniving with some corrupt government officials to divert hundreds of thousands of naira earmarked by the Nigerian government for N-Power project, an empowerment programme set up by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016, to address youth unemployment and increase social development.
The Popular Musician and record producer, alongside the corrupt government officials, were said to have introduced ghost beneficiaries into the payroll of the funds, and the monies were later traced to accounts associated with the singer.
The pop singer was reportedly arrested and detained, Tuesday, by the anti-graft agency, over fraud related offences.