- Muneer Bankole, chief executive officer of a prominent airline has been detained by Nigeria's anti-graft agency
- Bankole arrived at the EFCC headquarters on Monday, January 31, following an invitation by the anti-graft agency in Abuja
- The CEO was questioned for allegedly diverting hajj funds months after the airline raised concern over the impact of COVID-19 on its operations
Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday, January 31, detained Muneer Bankole, the chief executive officer of an airline.
Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman confirmed the arrest of the airline boss but remained silent on if he spent the night at the commission.
He arrived at the commission's headquarters around 11am following an invitation by the EFCC regarding funds paid to him by the National Hajj Commission, and an additional $900,000 for the airlift of pilgrims in 2019.
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In another report by Channels TV, the suspect is said to have received 50% of funds as mobilisation but failed to execute the contract.
Bankole’s arrest comes months after the airline raised concern over the impact of the COVID pandemic on its operations.
EFCC charges Okorocha with N2.9b fraud
In a previous report by Legit.ng, EFCC charged Senator Rochas Okorocha. The former Imo state governor was accused of conspiring with others, including an APC politician and five companies, to steal N2.9 billion from public coffers.
EFCC filed the charges, totalling 17, on Monday, January 31, at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Other defendants are Anyim Nyerere Chinenye, Naphtali International Limited, Perfect Finish Multi Projects Limited, Consolid Projects Consulting Limited, Pramif International Limited, and Legend World Concepts Limited.
EFCC detains Buhari’s appointee over N1.3bn alleged fraud
In a related development, Osita Okechukwu, the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON) was detained by the EFCC on Saturday, January 29.
He was accused of conspiracy, abuse of office, and misappropriation of public funds to the tune of N1.3 billion.
Okechukwu arrived at the headquarters of the anti-graft agency in Abuja at about 1.30pm to honour an invitation.