Nigeria politician denies fraud

2011-06-08 19:38

Abuja -  A top Nigerian politician has pleaded not guilty to charges that he defrauded the state of more than $1.7 million.

Nigeria's anti graft commission accuses former House speaker Dimeji Bankole of involvement in a scam of more than $14 million. Bankole appeared on Wednesday in Abuja Federal High Court.

Court documents say Bankole conspired to buy items for Nigeria's National Assembly at inflated prices. The documents say hundreds of supplies were purchased at more than double their price.

Bankole and others are also accused of not following due process in awarding contracts for cars.

Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arrested Bankole Sunday, days after the National Assembly was dissolved.

The antigraft body says it will press more charges.

Read more on:    nigeria  |  west africa  |  corruption

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