Nigerian music icon, Dapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’banj, has been exonerated of both rape and fraud allegations by both the Nigeria Police Force and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), according to documents obtained exclusively by our correspondent on Friday.
In an affidavit filed by Toheeb Lawal of the Law Corridor law firm at the District Court of Abuja, marked exhibits A and B, the police and the ICPC provided clearance reports absolving the artist of the alleged crimes after thorough investigations.
The investigation into the rape accusation, dated November 14, 2023, with case number CR:3000/X/FHQ/ABJ/SEB/T.1/VOL 18/284, concluded that there was no substantiated evidence to support the claims.
The police report indicated that statements from the complainant, witnesses, and suspects were taken, including inquiries at the Glee Hotel in Lagos, where the incident was said to have occurred.
The hotel management confirmed the absence of D’banj on the alleged date and discredited the complainant’s account, stating the absence of her registration as a guest or any report of assault.
Additionally, the ICPC’s investigation into allegations of diverting funds related to the N-Power Programme did not find any fraudulent activities involving D’banj.
The clarification, dated November 29, 2023, stated that no prima facie case of fraud was established against the artist, absolving him of any wrongdoing in the matter.
Furthermore, D’banj’s legal representation affirmed in a deposition at the Chief District Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja that the musician was never a government official, did not have access to government funds, and engaged in the N-Power campaign voluntarily without receiving any remuneration from either the government or any other entity.
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These clearance reports serve as a testament to D’banj’s exoneration from the serious allegations, emphasizing the thoroughness of the investigations conducted by both the Nigeria Police Force and the ICPC, thereby affirming the innocence of the music sensation in both the rape and fraud accusations.