Nigeria: N38Bn Scam – EFCC Says Bankole, Nafada Have A Case To Answer

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday told an FCT High Court, sitting in Abuja, that a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, and his Deputy, Usman Nafada, have a case to answer in the on-going case of N38 billion fraud and criminal breach of trust instituted against them.

This submission was made in response to an application for a no-case submission filed by Bankole and Nafada’s counsels on the ground that the EFCC has no sufficient evidence to prosecute their clients.

The two of them, Bankole and Nafada, were arraigned on Monday, June 13, 2011, on a 17- count charge of criminal breach of trust, misappropriation and theft.

The EFCC, in a counter application, filed through its counsel, Festus Keyamo, dismissed the former legislators’ application as yet another ploy to stall the on-going trial. He further argued that the accused persons are not charged for “over-spending but misappropriation of funds.”

Mr. Keyamo pointed out that, as far as the law was concerned, there was a resolution to commit an illegal act in a meeting which the accused persons attended and chaired.

Trial judge, Justice Suleiman Belgore adjourned ruling on arguments on the case to January 31, 2012.

It would be recalled that the EFCC, on Wednesday December 14, 2011, similarly accused the former Speaker and his deputy of delaying trial.

This was sequel to an application for a no-case submission the two former leaders of the House of Representatives brought before the court.

The insistence of the EFCC that they have a case to answer is hinged on the 17-count charges preferred against them.

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