The former Speaker was standing trial on a 16 criminal count charge of contract inflation and fraudulent embezzlement of public funds.
A Federal High Court siting in Abuja on Friday discharged and acquitted former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole of any complicity in a 16-count charge brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The court presided over by Justice Evoh Stephen Chukwu held that based on the testimonies of the six witnesses called by the prosecution, the former Speaker was not associated with any wrong doing in the processes leading to the award of the said contracts to justify his being called to enter his defence in the trial.
The court thereafter discharged and acquitted the former Speaker of all the charges.
This is the second time the former Speaker will be discharged and acquitted having received similar verdict before an Abuja High Court where he was arraigned for allegedly obtaining illegal loans totaling about N9 billion for the House of Representatives while at the helm of affairs.
He further held that the prosecution failed to prove the essential ingredients to justify the charge where the former Speaker was alleged to have colluded with others as covered by counts 3, 6, 9, 12, 13 and 14 of the charge, noting that collusion conotes an agreement to commit a crime which was not shown by the prosecution witnesses in thheir testimonies.