The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has placed wanted persons’ tag on the former director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayodele Oke and his wife, Folasade.
The couple was declared wanted for failing to appear in court to respond to fraud charges filed against them by the anti-graft agency.
EFCC’s spokesman, Mr. Tony Orilade, who confirmed the commission’s action, explained that Justice Chukwujeku Aneke of the Federal High Court, Lagos had on February 7, 2019, issued an arrest warrant on them, consequent upon an oral application by the EFCC counsel, 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 EFCC from an apartment on Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos in April 2017.
They are facing a four-count charge bordering on money laundering offense to the tune of N13 billion.
One of the counts reads: “That you, Ambassador Ayodele Oke and Mrs. Folasade Ayodele Oke between 25th August, 2015 and 2nd 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 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 offense contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.”