Nigeria arrested outgoing House Speaker on fraud allegations

On June 5, 2011, the Nigeria Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested outgoing Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives Dimeji Bankole based upon allegations of fraud. Four months later, the EFCC detained three former governors of Nigerian states for allegedly embezzling 101 billion naira (USD $615M). The fraud allegations surfaced shortly after International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo announced an investigation into the violence that followed the April 2011 national elections in Nigeria. Previous elections in Nigeria have also resulted in violence and corruption, including fraud allegations.

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