The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured an order of arrest against embattled former National Intelligence Agency boss, Ayodele Oke and his wife, Folasade Oke.
9javenue understands that Justice Chukwujeku Aneke issued the order consequent upon oral application argued by the anti-graft agency Rotimi Oyedepo.
” I have carefully considered the oral application for the arrest of the person mentioned herein and I am convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the said application is meritorious.“Accordingly, the application is hereby granted as prayed
“It is hereby ordered that Ambassador Ayodele Oke and his wife, Folasade Oke be arrested anywhere they are been sighted in the world.“The case is hereby adjourned to March 8, for the report of the arrest,” the judge ruled.
It would be recalled that at the last sitting on the matter, Oyedepo had urged Justice Aneke to reschedule the planned arraignment of the sacked DG of NIA and his wife.
This was because of the failure of the anti-graft agency to produce the duo before the court. The EFCC had instituted a four-count charge against Oke and Folashade.
EFCC had intended to arraign the defendants before the judge in connection with the sums of $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 (totalling N13bn) removed by the EFCC from Flat 7B Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos linked to them.
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The charge against Oke and Folashade 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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