Wednesday, July 27, 2011

N40bn scam: Don’t compare me with Bode George, Bankole warns EFCC

ABUJA — Determined to extricate himself from allegations that he inflated the cost of contracts awarded by the House of Representatives whilst he was the Speaker, Mr Dimeji Bankole, yesterday, flayed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for comparing the crime he allegedly committed with that of the convicted former Chairman of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Chief Bode George.

Bankole, who went before a Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, to complain about an analogy that was drawn between him and the convicted NPA boss in a written address filed against him by the prosecuting counsel, Mr Festus Keyamo, maintained that "the charges are clear. The case of FRN V. Bode George is not an authority relevant to this case."

In an application he filed yesterday, Bankole, through his lead counsel, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, further averred: "With respect, the law regarding public procurement is clear. The minutes show that the accused performed no administrative functions. His presiding at the officers meeting held no criminal concomitant.

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