How Dimeji Bankole, obtained a N42billion loan from two banks

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A Witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Mohammed, yesterday told an Abuja High Court how former Speaker of the House of Representative Dimeji Bankole, obtained a N42billion loan from two banks and shared allowances among members. 

 The prosecution witness also accused Bankole of approving the increase in the allowances of his colleagues  from N17 million to N42 million per member in a quarter without the authorisation of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) and National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission. 

 Mohammed, an investigation officer with EFCC, was testifying in the suit filed by the commission against Bankole and his erstwhile deputy, Bayero Usman Nafada.

They are facing a 17-count charge of criminal breach of trust, dishonest use of a House of Representatives bank account to obtain loan filed against them by the EFCC.

The former Speaker was represented by Mr Wale Akanni (SAN).

Bankole and Nafada are accused of sharing the loan to members without the consent and approval of the RMAFC and the extant Revised Financial Regulations of the Federal Government of Nigeria, 2009.

The offences are contrary to sections 97(1), 286 and 311 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 532, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja) 1990, and punishable under Sections 287 and 315 of the same Penal Code Act.

Led-in-evidence by the prosecution counsel, Festus Keyamo, Mohammed said the allowances paid to the House members were not captured in last year’s budget. 

He said the alleged fraud was planned at a meeting Bankole chaired in his house, adding that the minutes of the meeting would be tendered as an exhibit to prove that the accused conspired to defraud the government.

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