ICPC: D’banj Arrest Prejudicial – Lawyer
Maryam Musa, D’banj legal council has defended him against ICPC as unestablished.
TalkGlitz had reported that the ICPC had arrested and detained him over allegations of diversion of funds for the N-Power.
Investigators allege that D’banj colluded with some compromised government officials to introduce ghost beneficiaries into the payroll of the N-Power scheme. The stipend paid to those beneficiaries was later traced to D’banj’s account.
Reacting to this, Maryam Musa, in a statement said that his arrest is misconceived, malicious and prejudicial to the justice system anywhere in the world and that she expects the Commission to stay professional.
She further stated that 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 lawyer added that though Dbanj was officially invited by the ICPC in respect of the investigation a month ago, he sent in letters through his attorneys to the commission in respect of his schedule in South Africa and promised to visit the Commission when he returned.
The lawyer, however, acknowledged the ongoing ICPC investigation of the alleged diversion of N-Power funds.
The lawyer said, “D’banj returned to the Commission the following day Tuesday the 6th of December, 2022 as earlier agreed and voluntarily submitted himself to the Commission to make their inquiry and investigation.”
“The general public is advised to resist the urge to buy into media sensationalism which is unsurprising but regardless harmful to the course for the truth which D’banj has willing set himself on by honouring the ICPC’s summons”
“It is inconceivable that D’banj whose very career is a reference point for hard work, diligence and honesty would lend his reputation built steadfastly over the years to acts of such accusations which he must now stoically suffer through while clearing his name.”
“The media is awash with reports of Dbanj, in ICPC custody, with regard to unestablished 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 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.”
“We acknowledge the fact that the ICPC is currently investigating allegations of diversion of N-Power funds, as already stated by the commission and we continue to hold the expectation that the commission will stay the course of professionalism in this matter.”
“For the record, D’banj has no such contractual or incidental relationship whatsoever with any group or persons within or outside government, in relation to the disbursement, operations, access or control of the operation of any government fund through an agency or its subsidiaries.”
“Emphatically and as a matter of policy, Dbanj and his management do not engage in business dealings unless they are legitimate, properly documented and obtainable in law.”