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Breaking: ICPC Detains D’banj Over Alleged Diversion Of N-Power Funds

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Oladapo Oyebanji, better known by his stage name D’banj, has been detained by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over the alleged misappropriation of N-Power budget.

Fidel Info reports that the musician was apprehended and held Tuesday when ICPC agents closed in on him and forced him to present himself at the agency’s Abuja headquarters.

D’banj allegedly avoided summons for weeks by claiming to be abroad for scheduled concerts each time he was asked to appear for questioning over fraud allegations.

The pop musician, a famous and wealthy Nigerian, is charged with defrauding the Nigerian government out of hundreds of naira intended for the N-Power project, an empowerment initiative launched by the Nigerian government in 2016 to combat youth unemployment and advance social development.

Investigators contend that D’banj conspired with some tainted government representatives to add fictitious beneficiaries to the scheme’s payroll. Then, the recipients get payments into accounts that are now purportedly connected to the pop star.

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

Sources say, on arrival, D’banj was subjected to a prolonged interrogation session after which he was detained. His plea for administrative bail was rejected by officials who said the musician could not be trusted to attend his trial if released on bail.

Sources state that 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.

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35-Year-Old Man Charged For Defiling Daughter

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A 35-year-old father, Temitayo Bamiro, has been arraigned before an Ojo Magistrates’ Court, Lagos State, for allegedly defiling his 13-year-old daughter.

Fidel Info reports that that on the lone count against him, Bamiro entered a not guilty plea.

Dr. Simon Uche, the prosecution, informed the court that the defendant had violated the law on January 7 at the Iba New Site in Ojo, Lagos.

He claimed that Bamiro had a history of abusing his daughter sexually and had repeatedly forced his anus into her body.

The case was postponed to February 22, 2023, for mention, by the sitting Magistrate, Mr. L.J.K. Layeni, who also submitted the case file to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions for legal counsel.

Additionally, he mandated that Bamiro be detained in the Badagry Custodial Center.

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JUST IN: Bandits Set Cleric Ablaze In Niger

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Reverend Father Isaac Achi of the Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church was burned to death by bandits in an early-morning attack on Kafin Koro Community in the Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State.

Fidel Info reports that the bandits broke into the neighborhood at around one in the morning and started firing randomly as they made their way to the Rev. Father’s hilltop apartment.

Paul, a local resident, said that the bandits split into two groups. While some went to the Catholic priest’s official residence, the others stayed in the town and opened fire to ward off any potential interference.

Paul stated that when the bandits couldn’t assess the late Achi’s residence after a long while, they set the building ablaze and waited until it burnt to ashes with him in it.

The Divisional Police Officer was said to have been reached but couldn’t get to Achi until he died.

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Armed Men Attack NDLEA Operatives In Lagos

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Armed men opened fire on National Drug Law Enforcement Agency agents on Monday night on Awolowo Road in an attempt to stop them from apprehending the driver of a truck carrying several bags of marijuana.

Fidel Info reports that the armed individuals, who are thought to be associated with an unnamed security organization, also broke into one of the anti-drug agency’s working vehicles.

A few military personnel intervened, averting what would have been a bloodbath as the armed men fled the scene with the truck’s driver and abandoned the vehicle.

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