billion corruption case against former speaker of the Nigerian House of
Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole and his deputy Hon. Usman
Nafada.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had accused
the two politicians of corruption bordering on theft, contract inflation and
fraudulent embezzlement of public funds while in office.
But when the matter came up in court on Tuesday, Justice Suleiman
Belgore dismissed the case saying both Bankole and his deputy have no
case to answer.
Belgore noted that the former speaker and the former deputy speaker did
not benefit from the controversial N40 billion loan and added that there
was no case of theft either as it was a loan that have been liquidated and
was provided for in the budget.
He also said constitutionally, it is the duty of the clerk of the house to run
the account of the house and not the speaker or the deputy.