The musician, whose actual identify is Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, has not commented on the arrest

Nigerian Afrobeats star D’banj has been arrested over allegations of fraud after tens of millions of {dollars} meant to assist unemployed youths begin companies was reported lacking.

The artist, who has claimed to be the model ambassador for the scheme, has turned himself in.

The N-Energy initiative was launched in 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

However many beneficiaries have complained for months that they weren’t receiving their grants.

Nigeria’s anti-corruption businesses mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday that “billions of naira” had been diverted.

D’banj – whose actual identify is Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo – has not commented publicly, however the anti-corruption company mentioned that he turned himself in on Tuesday after ignoring a number of summons.

Greater than two million Nigerians aged between 18 and 35 have benefited from the N-Energy scheme because it was launched, based on the federal government.

Not less than 280bn naira ($629m; £516m) was distributed in 2019 to beneficiaries who began small companies, the authorities mentioned.

Ten different individuals, in addition to D’banj are being investigated, the anti-corruption company mentioned.

“The investigation shall be all-encompassing and in addition be prolonged to different collaborators of the fraud and the banks the place the beneficiaries’ accounts are domiciled,” an announcement learn.

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, which oversees N-Energy, mentioned it had no official engagement with the artist and that his claims to be an envoy for the scheme was deceptive.

D’banj’s 2012 hit Oliver Twist received him followers throughout the continent and within the diaspora.

Two years in the past his one-year-old son drowned in a pool at his house within the industrial metropolis of Lagos.

Who’s D’banj?

  • Forty-two-year outdated singer, entrepreneur and tv persona

  • Voted greatest African Act on the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007

  • Finest-selling African Artist on the 2014 World Music Awards

  • His Oliver Twist hit received him worldwide fame

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