Nigeria anti-corruption agency arrests outgoing House Speaker on fraud allegations Zach Zagger at 2:43 PM ET
[JURIST] The Nigeria [JURIST news archive] Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) [official website] arrested [press release] outgoing speaker of the House of Representatives Dimeji Bankole Sunday on allegations of fraud. He is believed [AP report] to have secured a USD $ 66 million loan on top of his normal salary. He was arrested in his home in Abuja after a five-hour standoff with authorities. The EFCC said that it had to make the arrest before Bankole was to surrender himself Monday after transitioning out of office because intelligence reports showed that Bankole was plotting to sneak out of the country. He is being held for questioning. He has denied the charges and denied that he was planning to leave the country. Bankole was not re-elected to his office in the April elections and was set to hand over the office to the incoming speaker Monday.
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