Sunday, June 12, 2011

More troubles for Bankole

More troubles await the embattled ex-Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Dimeji Bankole, as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has perfected plans to file fresh charges against him on Monday.

Besides, Nigeria Newspapers authoritatively gathered that the anti-graft agency is in the final stage of a discreet investigation into allegations that the former Speaker laundered $1bn through domiciliary accounts and diverted funds into his personal account from the budgetary allocations to the House.

Bankole is presently in the EFCC custody after Justice Donatus Okorowo of a Federal High Court in Abuja last Friday ordered that he be remanded until Monday when ruling on his bail application would be delivered.

The judge gave the order after listening to the pro and against arguments on the bail application by Bankole’s lawyer, Mr. Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), and the prosecution counsel representing the EFCC, Mr. Festus Keyamo.

The EFCC pressed a 16-count charge bearing on contract inflation amounting to N894m against Bankole.

The bail application notwithstanding, the anti-graft commission has gone ahead to prepare new charges bordering on alleged misappropriation of government funds.

Nigeria Newspapers learnt that the 16-count charge against Bankole at the High court was a child’s play compared to what is going to happen in the coming days.

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