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Speaker of Nigeria Parliament Arrested for Corruption

The out-going Speaker of   Nigeria Parliament, Dimeji Bankole was today arrested by  Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC  for allegedly defrauding the government of tens of millions of dollars.

According to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC,  they detained the outgoing speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, after a four-hour standoff at his home in Abuja on Sunday night.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says Bankole misappropriated more than $60 million of parliamentary funds.

Bankole had promised the agency he would turn himself in for questioning on Monday. However,  Mr. Femi Babafemi , a  EFCC spokesman says the commission decided to act after an intelligence report showed the lawmaker planned to flee the country on Sunday.

A spokesman for Bankole has denied the lawmaker benefited from his position as House speaker.

Bankole lost a re-election bid in April and served as speaker until Friday, when the outgoing House held its final meeting.

President Goodluck Johnathan who has just been elected to his first full term is been criticized for not  doing anything to confront corruption


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