The embattled Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Dimeji Bankole, was a no-show today at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) where he was expected to face investigators over allegations that he diverted funds meant for the National Assembly into his personal use.
Bankole's aides had confirmed that he received a letter last Friday asking him to appear today at 11: 00 AM. He has not issued any statements explaining his failure to honour today's invitation, and it is not clear what the EFCC will now do.
SaharaReporters revealed last week that the Speaker had been to see Goodluck Jonathan to seek his intervention to stop the EFCC from interrogating him regarding the various scams dogging his regime as Speaker of the House.
Today is the second time in one week that Bankole would shun the invitation of the EFCC to appear before the agency over the allegations against him which have riveted the attention of the entire country.
Last week Mr. Bankole pleaded with the EFCC to fix a new date for his interrogation. He claimed that he was tied down with "Inauguration activities".
Mr. Bankole did not respond to phone calls placed by SaharaReporters to him today.