By Soni Daniel
For refusing to show up for trial as ordered by a federal judge, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has declared a former Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ayodele Oke, and his wife, Folasade, wanted.
The couple was expected by the judge to enter their plea over fraud charges filed against them by the anti-graft agency, which they did not.
It will be recalled that Justice Chukwujeku Aneke of the Federal High Court, Lagos, had on February 7, issued an arrest warrant on them following an oral application by counsel for the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo.
Oke and his wife are wanted in connection with the $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 cash recovered by EFCC from an apartment at Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, in April 2017.
A statement by the acting spokesman of EFCC said the couple was to answer to charges bordering on money laundering to the tune of N13 billion.
One of the counts read: “That you, Ambassador Ayodele Oke and Mrs Folasade Ayodele Oke between August 25, 2015, and September 2, 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.”