Speaker Bankole Arrested

Bankole arriving at the EFCC this evening
Bankole exit the EFCC cruiser
By Saharareporters, New York

Officials of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have finally arrested outgoing Speaker Dimeji Bankole of the House of Representatives.

An EFCC source told Saharareporters moments ago that the agency operatives moved in today to arrest Mr. Bankole after the agency received intelligence that he was planning to flee tonight.
 
For the past one week, the EFCC and Bankole have been engaged in a tense stand off arising from Mr. Bankole's refusal to answer the agency's summons for interrogation over a series of corruption allegations.

Saharareporters exclusively broke the news that the EFCC investigators had linked Mr Speaker to an account at the United Bank of Africa (UBA) through which the outgoing speaker had laundered about $1 billion.

A source at the EFCC told SaharaReporters that the agency was able to arrest the speaker today as soon as it discovered he had planned to escape from Nigeria early tomorrow morning.

Last Friday EFCC agents had made an attempt to arrest the speaker from his residence but that had been rebuffed by Mr. Bankole's security protection.

The EFCC had appealed to IG of Police, Hafiz Ringim to withdraw Bankole's police security to facilitate the outgoing speaker's arrest. Instead, Mr. Ringim arrived at the scene to break the siege, stating that President Goodluck Jonathan had ordered that the EFCC should retreat from arresting Bankole.
 
A police source said Mr. Ringim came under fire following our report of his role. He later lied that he only paid the speaker a social visit at his residence, unaware of plans by the EFCC to arrest him.

In response to criticism, the IG of police then ordered the withdrawal of Bankole's police protection.
 
A source within the presidency said Jonathan, who is due to be received this Wednesday at the White House, did not want the baggage of appearing to American officials to be continuing the tradition of protecting Nigeria's major corrupt officials.
 
The source said that Jonathan then instructed the IG of police and the DG of the State Security Service to immediately withdraw Bankole's security detail.

 A source at the EFCC told us the the EFCC was able to arrest him shortly after he lost his police guards.

In addition to the huge financial scam at the UBA, the former speaker is also implicated in a car buying scandal.

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bankole has british passport

@ NaijaRights. Just to let you know that there is nothing those of us in the UK can do to stop him coming here because he has british citizenship and was served as a british army soldier. i wonder why he was allowed to hold speakership in the first place. Having served the british army, he can never be said to be loyal to nigeria

I smell a big rat

...Bankole will come out of this a valiant. Is this not Nigeria? The magic continues.

It's a big Shame Nigeria.

Bottom Line

Bankole may be guilty, but he did not spend the money alone...If Bankole speaks, heads will roll...There are atleast 1000 people in govt that should be arrested today..From the governors to the senators to the congresspeople to the commissioners...

And, if EFCC really wants to prove that they are serious, they ought to go to Aso Rock and arrest the Governor General of corruption...For starters, GEJ openly spent more than his salary in bribing PDP delegates during the primaries and he definitely SPENT more than 1,000 times his salary during the general elections...

Who are we fooling? Where there is injustice, there can be no peace...That is why we have OPC, MEND, Boko Haram, kidnappers, armed robbers and other small small touts...

And, I can bet you all that nothing will come out of this, GEJ is just trying to score cheap political points with foolish Nigerians...

where ar d rest

if i may ask,where ar d rest of d thives from d house of assembly 'cos Bankole cannot and will never steal such ammount of money without d three arms of govt,so where ar d rest.

BANKOLE IS A FLIGHT- RISK

There was a determined attempt to evade justice by the former speaker,he is of DUAL-NATIONALITY and all measures to make sure he does not jump the borders of Nigeria must be taken.If he is allowed bail, the conditions must be such that he cannot lay his hands on any travelling document till investigations are concluded.

The EFCC has started a job which they must finish for the benefit of Nigeria ,they must treat him like any other citizen of this country.MADAM,NIGERIANS ARE DEPENDING ON YOU TO GET THINGS RIGHT, DONT BE INTIMIDATED BY ANYBODY,NIGERIANS ARE SOLIDLY BEHIND YOUR ACTIONS.

Dignity

What dignity has he given to the suffering Nigerians. The problem is that we worship rogues and Criminals in Our dear country. People like Bank Ole should be facing the firing squad to act as deterrent to other would be rogues. How on earth he was allowed to treat the National Assembly fund as his private investment is beyond my widest dream. It is so sad that our National Assembly is so backward that they cannot even look after their own finance. This shows that they are not fit for purpose. They cannot act as safeguards to our national issues.
Lock Bank Ole up and throw away the keys.

FULL STOP.

EFCC's double standards

Why did EFCC have to wait this long to arrest Bankole? Couldnt they have arrested him even as Speaker? The last time I checked, Speaker, House of Reps does not enjoy immunity like the president and governors. BankOLE is not the first public officer to loot the treasury. Some are more brazen. Imagine UBEC's MOdibbo MOhammed reportedly admitting in a court of law that he awarded contracts worth billions of Naira to companies belonging to his wife!!! What is more, I hear he is EFCC's witness in a case of fraud! Witness my foot! What has happened? I wont be surprised if this man is appointed the next minister of Education!!! NIgeria we hail thee...

WHAT ABOUT DAVID MARK?

It is no secret that David mark is also involved in some shady deals. He is very close to GEJ, though. We need some info on David (smooth) Mark.

Speaker Bankole Arrested

Dear Saharareporter,
Honestly, want to thank you for not giving up on this matter. Right from day one, you put on the pressure and did not waiver. More thrust on you and you have gained another million supporters. Keep up the good work.
Still not a time to celebrate. This article states that the IG Boss was chnaging statesment here and there. What is becoming of such a high profile Police Boss. He, too, should be questioned. Did in fact, the President told him to make those statements? If correct, he and the President should provide detail explanation to the entire public. Those who may have had links with Bankole are not fit for public office. The President and the IG Boss have questions to answer. Keep up the pressure. Thank you. Edoboy

EFCC's double standards

Why did EFCC have to wait this long to arrest Bankole? Couldnt they have arrested him even as Speaker? The last time I checked, Speaker, House of Reps does not enjoy immunity like the president and governors. BankOLE is not the first public officer to loot the treasury. Some are more brazen. Imagine UBEC's MOdibbo MOhammed reportedly admitting in a court of law that he awarded contracts worth billions of Naira to companies belonging to his wife!!! What is more, I hear he is EFCC's witness in a case of fraud! Witness my foot! What has happened? I wont be surprised if this man is appointed the next minister of Education!!! NIgeria we hail thee...

Bankole A Lesson For All Political Jobbers

Its High Nigerias all over the world unit at times like this and say enough is enough. If you think you are not affected directly one way or the other your family is.The Money these play around with is enough to put Nigeria National Power Project to a Stand still for Good.
We over here support you guys every step of the way to write against any attempt of escape by these political jobbers

Please Mr Dino this is your

Please Mr Dino this is your time to put more fire for Bank ole to pay him back what he did for not paying you and others0

Unrepentant Thief

As a young man,who would have learned so much form history of corrupt government officials. Whether or not Mr President wants to visit the US,that quickened his arrest,he must face the nusic the it plays now. Others in his shoes msut not be shed from the asme fate of his. Former thief of Delta state has ben humbled in london,so whether the mill of EFCC grinds slowly, some are paying for their wanton kleptomanaic attitude bit by bit.Bankole must be holed-up in jail after due trial in the court of law.

PLEASE PLEASE EFCC arrest

PLEASE PLEASE EFCC arrest DAVID MARK too. His a bigger theif trust me.He's just more experienced at stealing than Demeji. Demeji got carried away.Please Farida pick David Mark. I feel like passing out each time i see David Mark smiling on TV,eeeewwww.His a big theif, trust me. God pls save us from these morons. HELP

great thanks to Mr president

Bankole you are a dead meat your generation will suffer for this Inshallha

bankole has a british

bankole has a british passport.

WE ARE GETTING THERE SOON.

I must say I am impressed at the moves of the EFCC arresting Bankole. We will be happy if Delta State self imposed Governor is investigated and arrested for his corrupt activities.

GOOD MORNING MR SPEAKER

a Few Days Ago, I Predicted The Fall Of Dimeji Bankole, In Every Society Around The World Certain Sacrifices Has To Be Made To Sustain And Strenght Democratic Values, I Pray That The Law Takes It Course And Sent A Strong Signal To The Fulani Big Men That Nigerians Are Fed Up Of Strong Men But Vibrant And Functional Institutions As We Are Potentially Great,It Is A Big Shame That Bankole Broke The Prideful And Productive South Westerns Bond Of Good Governance,For All,I Pray That We Witness The Commoners Sins And Experience In Cell, For Those Hungry And Jobless Nigerians Who Pick Pocket To Feed And Rot In Jail For Bad Governance

Chief Val
Valencia Spain

$300 Billion

This is what this treasonous, looting, clique called the pdp currently lead by the the "messiah" from Otuoke has stolen since 1999. The speaker stole $1billion, so if/when we recover his loot, the missing loot will only remain $299 billion, this i believe is the big reason that no one should celebrate, we have NOT SCRATCHED THE SURFACE YET. Too many looters and not enough time, " to dust them off with a clip of my nine". Dont mean to rhyme but Naija has too much crime.

First of all, let me seize

First of all, let me seize this opportunity to state categorically here that Speaker Bankole is non of my relative or associate, but I am totally surprised that this medium has been used to tarnish this young affable politician reputation. I believe the Speaker is innocent of all the allegation levied against him until is proven guilty. Rationality and true objectivity should be the standard for your medium not getting involved in rumor mongering, lies and innuendos.

First of all, let me seize

First of all, let me seize this opportunity to state categorically here that Speaker Bankole is non of my relative or associate, but I am totally surprised that this medium has been used to tarnish this young affable politician reputation. I believe the Speaker is innocent of all the allegation levied against him until is proven guilty. Rationality and true objectivity should be the standard for your medium not getting involved in rumor mongering, lies and innuendos.

All d comments comin 4rm

All d comments comin 4rm different quaters nd celebratin about bank ole's arrest, wat u didn't realize is that its all filmshow. Thet did it nd made show they allowed the media to take there shots so they can paste it on there paper to make the nigerian public to see for theirselves.but the whole thing is a facade,the guys comin out latest 2weeks. Nd probably even get an appointment,nd enjoy his stolen $illion$.

Re: Bankole's Arrest

SR thank you for the good job. Nigeria Newspapers are too superficial in their all their reports. Please ensure the report of NDDC officials and Elder Godson Orubebe is brought to the fore. Elder Orubebe presented Niger Delta Affairs budget in July 2011 which was approved by senate. Nothing was done with the money. he has been nominated for another appointment when he cannot account for the N240 Billion. Not even road, electricity or jetty or hospital was provided with the money. ICPC and EFCC, please save Nigeria on these. Arrest and charge all of them. We count on you

Pray ds isn't going 2 be like

Pray ds isn't going 2 be like oda scenarios we've witnessed in our nation. Bankole arrested, goes to jail, and den a parry is organised to welcome him from Jail by d likes of his God fada unkle sege. Lord, we seek ur face 4 our nation Nigeria.

MR. PRESIDENT SHOULD STAY OUT OF THIS!

A bold step from EFCC, the ex-speaker should be given fair hearing and handle with dignity by the EFCC people.

This is a clear signal to political profiteers that the long arm of the law awaits them after office!

When Jonathan wanted to visit

When Jonathan wanted to visit America last year, EFCC chased Chief James Ibori about until he escaped. Now he wants to visit America again, Bankole has been arrested by EFCC. Can't EFCC arrest corrupt people if Jonathan does not intent to travel to America? This is another PDP cheap joke which they will later settle as a CRIMINAL Family Affair. What about Senator David Mark. Are Nigerians not going through the same ordeal in the hands of Bankole and Mark?

write UK OFFICIALS NOW!!

This is not a time to sing praises of the EFCC. It's time for Nigerians abroad to write to the UK officials to block and void Bankole's visa. We have to do our part by making sure Bank-Ole does not escape to the UK where he will squander our collective wealths. pick up your pen and papers and begin to write UK OFFICIALS to those of you abroad

Well Done SR!

I give SR a lot of credit for shining their torch on this story. Otherwise the PDP bastards in Abuja would have covered it up.

lock him up and throw away the key!!!

At his level he is breaking such law and looting public money. What do you expect from the common man? They are worse than armed robbers because their actions bred robbery, PROSTITUTION, JOBLESSNESS ETC. THROW HIM IN JAIL AND THROW AWY THE KEY

Bankole's Arrest

ICPC, EFCC, please go after all NDDC officials and Elder Godson Orubebe. Last year, the sum N240 billion was budgeted for Niger Delta Affairs. Let him account for the money. All those villages are still the way they are. ICPC and EFCC, this is the time to justify your existence. Arrest and prosecute them like Ibori and his cohorts. don't be partial. Thanks you

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