Monday, June 6, 2011

Ex-parliament speaker arrested for corruption

6 June 2011

Nigerian anti-graft police on Sunday arrested the outgoing speaker of the house of representatives Dimeji Bankole over alleged financial impropriety, just two days after his tenure ended.
"The former speaker will remain in custody to enable him to have sufficient time to answer questions on the numerous fraud allegations against him," the spokesman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said in a statement.
Bankole was picked up from his home Sunday ahead of his promised voluntary surrender to answer questions, which had been planned for Monday.
EFCC spokesman Femi Babafemi said the immediate arrest was ordered after intelligence reports showed that "the former speaker was planning to leave Abuja for Lagos on Sunday evening and thereafter flee the country through an illegal route".

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