25 March 2019

Nigeria: EFCC Declares NIA Ex-DG Oke, Wife Wanted

Former Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayodele Oke, and his wife, Folasade, have been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly failing to respond to the fraud charges filed against them.

Justice Chukwujeku Aneke of a Federal High Court, Lagos, had on February 7, 2019 issued an arrest warrant on the duo, consequent upon an oral application by counsel to the anti-graft agency, Rotimi Oyedepo.

Oke and his wife are wanted in connection with the $43,449,947; £27,800 and N23,218,000 cash recovered by the commission from an apartment at Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos in April 2017.

They are facing a four-count charge relating to money laundering to the tune of N13 billion.

One of the counts read: "That you, Ambassador Ayodele Oke and Mrs. Folasade Ayodele Oke between 25th day of August 2015 and 2nd day of September 2015 in Lagos, with in the jurisdiction of this court directly converted $160,777,136.85 property of the Federal Government of Nigeria to your own use which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: criminal breach of trust and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of same Act."

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