EFCC seeks bench warrant against ex-NIA DG, wife

EFCC seeks bench warrant against ex-NIA DG, wife

- EFCC has started making moves to secure a bench warrant against the sacked director general of the National Intelligence Agency Ambassador Ayodele Oke and his wife

- According to the commission's prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, anti graft agent is finding it difficult to secure the attendance of the two defendants in court

- Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke adjourned the case to Thursday, February 7

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has disclosed that it was seeking a bench warrant against the former director general of the National Intelligence Agency Ambassador Ayodele Oke and his wife Folashade Oke.

Their arraignment failed to hold again as the EFCC said it is yet to serve the charges on the Oke and his wife.

Counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo on Wednesday, February 6, informed Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke that he has the intention of making an oral application, seeking the issuance of a bench warrant against the sacked NIA DG and his wife for their arrest.

This is because the commission is finding it difficult to secure the attendance of the two defendants in court.

Reports by Channel TV claimed that Justice Aneke informed the EFCC prosecutor that he was planning to see the case file of the matter and would need time to go through same before entertaining any application.

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The judge then adjourned the case to Thursday, February 7, for the EFCC to move its oral application seeking a bench warrant against Oke and his wife.

The duo Oke were charged in connection with the $43, 449, 947, 000 found in Flat 7B, No. 16 Osborne Road, Osborne Towers in Ikoyi Lagos.

The charge against Oke and Folashade read: ''That you, Amb. Ayodele Oke, Folasade Ayodele Oke on or about the 12th day of April 2017 in Lagos concealed the sum of $43, 449, 947, 000 property of the federal government of Nigeria in Flat 7B, No. 16 Osborne Road, Osborne Towers, Ikoyi Lagos 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) (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.

''That you Amb. Ayodele Oke and Folasade Ayodele Oke between 25th day of August 2015 and 2nd day of September 2015 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this court indirectly used the sum of $1, 658, 000 property of the federal government of Nigeria to acquire Flat 7B, No. 16 Osborne Road, Osborne Towers, Ikoyi Lagos 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 the same Act.

''That you Amb. Ayodele Oke and Folasade Ayodele Oke between 25th day of August 2015 and 2nd day of September 2015 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this court directly retained $160, 777, 136. 85 property of the Federal Government of Nigeria 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 the same Act.

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''That you Amb. Ayodele Oke and Folasade Ayodele Oke between 25th day of August 2015 and 2nd day of September 2015 in Lagos, within 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 the same Act.''

Their whereabouts is unknown, with reports saying they had left the country.

Legit.ng had reported that they left the country days before they were to be arraigned before the court by the EFCC.

It was gathered that he left for a European country “for medical reasons”, as there are also speculations that he may miss the court date.

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