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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dimeji Bankole to appear in court today


Nigeria Newspapers - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to arraign the former speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, before Justice Donatus Okorowa of the Federal High Court 7 in Abuja today. This is coming as the anti-corruption body yesterday filed formal charges against him.



Mr Bankole, whose earlier arrest was foiled Friday last week due to the intervention of the Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, was picked up at his Asokoro, Abuja home by 8pm Sunday evening and is still in the custody of the EFCC.

A 16-count charge was preferred against Mr Bankole by Festus Keyamo, a private prosecutor for the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. Surprisingly, however, the much talked about N10 billion loan allegedly borrowed by the former speaker was missing among the charges. Efforts made last night to ascertain from the EFCC why that was the case proved unsuccessful.

The charges filed yesterday against the Ogun State-born politician include stated: "Dimeji Bankole and others now at large on or about the 28th of May, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, being Body of Principal officers of the House of Representatives responsible for the approval of contracts in the House of Representatives, with intent to defraud, did conspire amongst yourselves to inflate the cost of 400 units of 40-inch Samsung (LNS.3410 Television sets by approval the purchase of the said item at the rate of N525,000.00 per unit, instead of the prevailing market price of N295,000.00 and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 58 (4) (a) of the public Procurement Act No. 14 of 2007 and punishable under Section 58 (5) of the same Act.

"That you, Dimeji Bankole and others now at large, on or about the 28th of May, 2008 within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court being body of Principal officers of the House of Representatives responsible for the approval of contracts in the House of Representatives, with intent to defraud, rigged the bid for the purchase of 100 units of Sharp Digital Copier 5316 by refusal to follow all the procedures prescribed for public procurements in Sections 17 to 56 of the Public Procurement Act N0.14 of 2007, leading to a loss of value to the national treasury and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 58 (4) (e) of the Public Procurement Act, No.14 of 2007 and punishable under Section 58 (5) of the same Act.

"That you, Dimeji Bankole and others now at large, on or about the 28th of May, 2008 within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court being body of Principal officers of the House of Representatives responsible for the approval of contracts in the House of Representatives, with intent to defraud, rigged the bid for the purchase of 3 units of Mercedes Benz S-600 cars by refusal to follow all the procedures prescribed for public procurements in Sections 17 to 56 of the Public Procurement Act No.14 of 2007, leading to a loss of value to the national treasury and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 58 (4) (e) of the Public Procurement Act, No.14 of 2007 and punishable under Section 58 (5) of the same Act."

1 comment:

  1. This is the way to do it.The court can now confirm his guilt or innocence.If he is guilty,then jail time awaits him.If not,then he gets to clear his name.
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