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$43m Ikoyi apartment cash : EFCC declares Ayo Oke, wife wanted

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By Soni Daniel, Abuja

For refusing to show up for trial as ordered by a federal judge, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has declared a former Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayodele Oke, and his wife, Folasade, wanted.

Ayodele Oke

The couple were expected by the judge to enter their plea over fruad charges filed against them by the anti-graft agency but they failed.

It will be recalled that Justice Chukwujeku Aneke of the Federal High Court Lagos had on February 7, 2019, issued an arrest warrant on them following an oral application by counsel for the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo.

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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 at Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, in April 2017.

A statement by the Acting Spokesman of the EFCC, said the couple were to answer to charges bordering on money laundering offence to the tune of N13 billion.

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One of the counts reads: “That you, Amb. Ayodele Oke and Mrs. 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”.

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