Nigerian singer, Oladapo Oyebanji, known better as D’banj, has been arrested and detained by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, (ICPC), over fraudulent allegations.

Premium Times exclusively reports that the award-winning pop star is accused of fraudulently diverting hundreds of naira earmarked by the Nigerian government for N-Power project.

N-Power is an empowerment programme set up by the Nigerian government in 2016 to address youth unemployment and increase social development.

Investigators alleged that D’banj colluded with some compromised government officials to introduce ghost beneficiaries into the scheme’s payroll.

The stipend paid to those beneficiaries are then paid to accounts that have now allegedly been linked to the pop star.

The musician was arrested and detained on Tuesday after ICPC operatives closed in on him, forcing him to surrender himself at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, sources familiar with the matter said.

According to Premium Times sources, D’banj had dodged summons for weeks, claiming to be overseas for scheduled concerts each time he was invited to appear for interrogation over fraud allegation.

After the musician failed to show up for interrogation despite multiple invitations, the ICPC moved to arrest him anywhere in Nigeria and abroad, forcing him to show up at the commission’s office on Tuesday.

On arrival, D’banj was subjected to a prolonged interrogation session after which he was detained.

The singer’s plea for administrative bail was rejected by officials who said the musician could not be trusted to attend his trial if released on bail.

According to Premium Times sources, the ICPC might approach the court on Wednesday for an extended remand order to enable the agency complete its investigation before charging the musician to court.