Nigerian artists who have been arrested over fraud claims
Nigerian musicians who were detained and accused of fraud
Nigerian artists who have been arrested on suspicion of fraud
The Nigerian industry is in uproar after news of one of its artists being arrested for fraud went viral.
Some Nigerian artists have found themselves in hot waters with law enforcement agencies over different issues but in this article, Mp3bullet.ng covers those who have been detained over fraud claims.
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Dammy Krane was expected to become the next big thing in Nigerian music. He was signed to 2baba’s Hypertek Records and was on his way to becoming one of Nigeria’s top talents before his arrest in 2017.
He was charged with trying to reserve a private jet with an American jet firm called Tapjets while using five different credit cards that did not belong to him. He was detained and imprisoned in Miami on charges of theft, credit card fraud, and fraud.
He was eventually freed from jail after completing his bail terms, which were set at $7,500. He entered a not guilty plea and pleaded for a jury trial. The case was dismissed by the court.
Sinzu, formerly known as Saucekid, was one of the most popular and promising rappers in the early 2010s. He was detained in 2016 on charges of stealing and other connected offences.
He allegedly stole $15,388 from unsuspecting victims using their bank card numbers and identifying information. He was released in 2018 and signed to Davido’s DMW record label.
Naira Marley is one of Nigeria’s most divisive musicians. Marley asserted in a Noisey documentary that he had been detained 124 times.
Naira Marley was detained in 2019 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on suspicion of money laundering and internet fraud.
The arrest of Marley, musician Zlatan Ibile, and four others was one of the most talked-about topics in 2019. He was remanded in prison and later released on bail after appearing in court for the second time.
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D’banj is the latest artist to be arrested on the ground of fraud. In an exclusive report by Premium Times, the singer was arrested by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, (ICPC) on Tuesday on charges of fraud.
The agency apparently summoned the musician in recent weeks, but he neglected to show up, claiming he was preoccupied with performances abroad. He was swiftly taken into custody by the agency on Tuesday as a result of his dubious behaviour.
The rapper is being questioned by the agency over his alleged involvement in the illegal misappropriation of funds intended for the N-Power project, an empowerment initiative launched by the Nigerian government in 2016 to combat youth unemployment and advance social development.
It is believed that D’banj conspired with some government representatives to add fictitious beneficiaries to the program’s payroll.
According to reports, it was discovered that the money transferred to these accounts was related to the Kokomaster, as he is affectionately known.
After a thorough interrogation session, the musician was remanded and his bail plea was denied.
The singer is yet to confirm the news or the allegations.