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Alleged Fraud: EFCC Declares Ex-NIA boss, Wife Wanted

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has declared former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Ambassador Ayodele Oke and his wife, Folasade wanted, over failure to appear in court to answer for the N13billion money laundering charges against them.

Earlier in February, Justice Chukwujeku Aneke of a Federal High Court Lagos, issued an arrest warrant against the couple after an oral application by the EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo.

Oke and wife are wanted in connection with the $43m, £27,800 and N23.8m cash recovered by the commission from an apartment at Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, in April 2017.

While Oke was the DG, the NIA was said to have received $289,202,382 in cash for special operations from the account of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services at the Central Bank of Nigeria in February 2015.

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Even though the agency said the funds were meant for covert intelligence operations, the Federal Government maintained it was a case of looting, thereby setting up a three-man panel headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo which indicted Oke and recommended his dismissal.

Subsequently, Criminal charges were filed against the couple in February this year over the cash found at the Ikoyi apartment.

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