Dimeji Bankole is good to go – Court

Smiling Bankole during a court sitting

by Seyi Lawal

Dimeji Bankole

An Abuja High Court has ruled today that former House of Representatives Speaker Dimeji Bankole and his deputy Usman Bayero Nafada have no case to answer over a long-running N40bn loan matter – accompanied by a 17-count charge.

The court ruled on a “no-case-submission” before it by Messrs Bankole and Nafada. According to Justice Belgore, there was no theft. He ruled that it was a loan that has been liquidated as it was budgeted for; he also added that it wasn’t a case of salary or allowance increase but one of running cost.

The judgement lasted three hours – and the judge criticised the case brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, led by Festus Keyamo.

Editor’s Note: You might also want to see these interesting comments from the Linda Ikeji blog – where readers had predicted this outcome. Spooky?

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