Afro-pop star, Oladapo Oyebanjo better known as D’banj, has denied the cornering money meant for N-Power beneficiaries as alleged by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).
The ICPC had on Tuesday, said the Nigerian Idol judge was detained and being questioned by officials of the commission.
But in a statement, the singer’s lawyers, Law Corridor, 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.
“Emphatically and as a matter of policy, D’banj and his management do not engage in business dealings unless they are legitimate, properly documented and obtainable in law”, the statement further stated.