It was an embarrassment- D'banj's lawyer says following his release

The artist had been arrested 3 days ago over fraud allegations

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Nigerian afro beats star D'banj can finally breathe a sigh of relief after he got released from prison.

The 'Oliver Twist' hitmaker was arrested 3 days ago after he turned himself in for questioning in a fraud-related court case.

Following his release, his lawyer Mr.Pelumi Olajengbesi issued a statement pointing out that his client is 100% not guilty and has nothing to fear/hide.

 If that is the case, then I wonder why he'd been avoiding Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, ICPC, for close to a month.

The musician's lawyer's statement read, "The ICPC released D’banj... after the agency could not find anything incriminating on him."

He further added that the accusation did not only make the Nigerian celebrity look bad, but it was also distasteful since the authorities had no real evidence to back their claims.

"It is an embarrassment to the entire country that such a huge allegation was made against a public figure without any evidence”. Mr. Pelumi added.

The singer born, Oladapo Oyebanji, was arrested and detained by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, (ICPC) of Nigeria earlier this week.

It is alleged that the artist had avoided appearing for interrogation for weeks by constantly stating that he was out of the country for concerts and shows.   

He is being accused of fraudulently diverting hundreds of millions of naira intended for the N-Power project, which is part of the Social Investment Programmes empowerment scheme set to combat youth unemployment and improve social development and help increase social development.

The N-Power was established by President Muhammadu Buhari on June 8, 2016.

Multiple reports allege that the multi-award-winning singer allegedly conspired with some government officials to engage in ghost beneficiaries in the N-Power payment scheme with funds meant for beneficiaries being traced to accounts linked to D’banj.

After interrogations, the artist was detained after a plea for administrative bail was rejected by officials of the ICPC.

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