An EFCC source told Saharareporters moments ago that the agency operatives moved in today to arrest Mr. Bankole after the agency received intelligence was planning to flee tonight.
For the past one week, the EFCC and Bankole have been engaged in a tense stand off arising from Mr. Bankole's refusal to answer the agency's summons for interrogation over series of corruption allegations.
Saharareporters exclusively broke the news that the EFCC investigators had linked Mr Speaker to an account at the United Banker of Africa (UBA) through which the outgoing speaker had laundered about $1 billion.
A source at the EFCC told SaharaReporters that agency was able to arrest the speaker today as soon as it discovered he had planned to escape from Nigeria early tomorrow morning.
Last Friday EFCC agents had made an attempt to arrest the speaker from his residence but that had been rebuffed by Mr. Bankole's security protection.
The EFCC had appealed to IG to withdraw Bankole's police security to facilitate the outgoing speakers arrest instead Mr. Ringim arrived at the scene to break the siege, stating that president Goddluck Jonathan had ordered the the EFCC should retreat from arresting Bankole.
A police source said Mr. Ringim came under fire following our report of his role. He later lied that he only paid the speaker a social visit at his residence, unaware of plans to by the EFCC to arrest him.
In response to criticism, the IG of police then ordered the withdrawal of Bankole's police protection.
A source within the presidency said Jonathan who is due to be received this Wednesday at the White House did not want a baggage of appearing to American officials to be continuing the tradition of protecting Nigeria's major corrupt officials.
The source said that Jonathan then instructed the IG of police and the DG of the state security service to immediately withdraw Bankole's security detail.
A source at the EFCC told us the the EFCC was able to arrest him shortly after he lost his police guards.
In addition to the huge financial scam at the UBA, the former speaker is also implicated in car buying scandal.
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this is the kind of thing we expoect, have they ever investigated david marrk? he is the biggest masqured in this game! oh, bcos dey ve arranged & returned him as the sent. president? i know dat luck has only distance its self from hon. Bankole! but 4 sure he will gain fredoom in a couple of weeks, provide he shares round the loot! others are angry bcos dey dont ve the opportunity the young man has. sorry mr new billonaire let the xero tolerance to corruption be monitised so dat we can ve our fair share of de deal pls i beg u.