Popular Nigerian musician, Oladapo Oyebanji, also known as D’banj, has been arrested and detained in Abuja over alleged diversion of N-Power fund.
The pop star was arrested and detained Tuesday by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission.
The ICPC on Wednesday confirmed this in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Mrs Azuka Ogugua.
D’banji was accused of fraudulently diverting huge funds earmarked by the Nigerian government for N- Power project, an empowerment programme set up by the Nigerian government in 2016 to address youth unemployment and increase social development.
According to an ICPC source, D’banj was said to have colluded with some government officials to introduce ghost beneficiaries into the payroll of the scheme.
The money meant for those beneficiaries was then paid to accounts that have now been allegedly linked to the pop star.
D’banj was reported to have dodged summons by the ICPC for weeks, claiming to be overseas for scheduled concerts for interrogation over fraud allegation before the commission’s operatives closed in on him.
On arrival at the ICPC office, D’banj was reportedly subjected to a prolonged interrogation session after which he was detained.
His plea for administrative bail was reportedly rejected by officials who said the musician could not be trusted to attend his trial if released on bail.
The statement issued read in part, “The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) confirmed on Wednesday the arrest and detention of Mr. Oladipo Daniel Oyebanjo, otherwise known by his stage name D’Banj, over the investigation of fraud associated with the N-Power Programme.
“The N-Power is a scheme established by President Muhammadu Buhari on 8th June, 2016, to address the issues of youth unemployment and empowerment, and help increase social development.
“In line with its mandate, the Commission had received numerous 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. Many N-Power beneficiaries had complained over the non-receipt of the monthly funds in spite of payment by the Government.
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“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.
“D’banji turned himself in and was taken into custody at the ICPC headquarters, Abuja, on Tuesday, December 6, 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.
“This press release has become necessary to set the record straight in view of the reports awash in the media. The investigation is ongoing and the Commission prefers not to preempt its outcome and also avoid the frenzy of a media trial.”
Toyin Abraham beats Funke Akindele, others as highest grossing actress for 2022
Actress Toyin Abraham has emerged the most paid Nigerian actress for the year 2022.
Beating Funke Akindele, Mercy Johnson, Mercy Aigbe, Iyabo Ojo, and other colleagues to the feat, Toyin Abraham proudly shared the information on her Instagram page hours ago.
According to the Nigerian Box Office yearbook released by Film One moments ago on Instagram, Toyin Abraham’s King of Thieves and Ijakumo, the movie earned her over N611 million thus becoming the highest-paid Nigerian actress for 2022.
Jubilating about the win, Toyin Abraham wrote “Verified Congratulations to #ijakumo team , Thanks to everyone who has seen IJAKUMO pls IJAKUMO is still showing in cinemas in Nigeria,USA and Uk . @lolade_okusanya I’m super proud of you,you performance is IJAKUMO is extremely nice,your first cinema movie and you became no 5
@kunleremiofficial woow my darling,thank you for making it easy to work with you and for giving your best on and offset, more to come kunle. @adebayotijani Egbon mi atata you are underrated and I’m happy people are beginning to see how good your are, welldone Egbon more box office smash. @stevesodiya baba m.
Thank you for everything,thanks for loving me,thanks for putting this project on your head,thanks for being a backbone,thank you uncle Steve Akanbi more box office for us to smash together. @toyin_abraham no 1 emi dada Awuru”
Kemi Filani recalls that in 2021, , Toyin Abraham’s the Ghost and the tout too, the prophetess and Aki and pawpaw movie earned her over N357million thus becoming the highest paid Nigerian actress for 2021.
Threesome: Lady begs Nedu for rich friend’s contact
An on-air personality, Nedu Wazobia, has said that following his controversial comments that he once walked in on his rich friend having sex with two female celebs at the same time, a lady reached out to him, pleading for the rich man’s contact.
He told Saturday Beats, “After the release of the podcast where I talked about one of my friends who gave a lady N3m before even sleeping with her, another lady sent me a message on social media, saying that she had school challenges. She asked me to introduce her to that same man, so she could also collect money from him.”
The chat, which Nedu forwarded to our correspondent, read in part, “After seeing the video, I decided to reach out to you, (to know) if you could link me up with your rich friend, so I could get enough money for my tuition fees.”
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The broadcaster also maintained that women who thought they could only appear sexy when they exposed themselves were insecure. He said, “There is no one that can ever say I did anything immoral to get a job. I have got all the jobs I did because I was qualified for then. Women who feel that they are only sexy when they reveal body parts are insecure, and they have nothing to offer other than their bodies. If your primary aim is to be sexy, the only people that will come to you are those that want to have sex with you and leave.
“Nobody keeps a woman that is for the public. Those who have something to offer are always decent. But, that is not to say that those who cover up themselves don’t engage in immoral activities too.”
Revealing the lowest amount he had ever been paid as a master of ceremonies, Nedu said, “For my first MC job around 2010/2011, I was paid N30,000. It was an Igbo wedding, and they really stressed me a lot.”
I don’t have cancer, Mercy Johnson debunks rumours
Veteran Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson has debunked rumours of having cancer, expressing gratitude to fans for their calls and prayers over the worrisome news.
The renowned actress, who took to her Instagram page on Sunday in a video clip to clarify the rumours of her having cancer, said she only spoke of having cancer scare, which doctors felt was something serious.
According to her, she is doing well and does not have cancer but she was only misunderstood with her explanation in her first video clip on ‘Mercy’s Menu’.
She stressed that she only had problems with her thyroid but perfectly okay and does not have cancer.
“Hi guys, Okay, so first and foremost, thank you so much for all of you who have been calling and sending messages and prayers, thank you. I do appreciate it so much.
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” But, I do not have cancer. I noticed that a clip from my TV show, Mercy’s menu, has been flying around and I think they cut the clip.
“I said I had a cancer scare, it means that I had this swelling on my neck and my doctors felt it was something serious. I had problems with my thyroid, I am perfectly okay.
“Thank you so much for all of your calls and your messages, the phone has been buzzing like crazy, I am perfectly fine and I do not have cancer.
” I am perfectly okay. So thank you so much for checking up on me, thank you for sending those messages.
“Go back and watch the clip, it was completely misunderstood, I am fine, I do not have cancer in Jesus name, thank you guys so much,” she wrote .
Johnson is a Nigerian actress, politician and entrepreneur, who is good at what she does.
The 38-years-old actress made her debut in the Nollywood industry in 2003, when she featured in a movie titled ‘The Maid’ which brought her to limelight.
The mother of four has starred in over 200 movies which includes: ‘Dumebi the Dirty Girl’ ‘Corporate Maid’, ‘Desperate Ladies’, ‘Heart of a fighter’ among others.
She has received numerous awards and nominations, due to the ways she usually played her roles on movies.
The actress has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the entertainment industry, as such making her outstanding.
She is married to Prince Odianosen Okojie and her union is blessed with four kids.
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