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Again, EFCC Fails To Arraign Ex-NIA DG, Wife

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) again failed yesterday to produce the former National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayodele Oke, and his wife, Mrs. Folashade Oke before the Federal High Court in Lagos to face a four count criminal charge.

However, the counsel to the commission,  Rotimi Oyedepo informed the court that the anti-graft agency is making moves to secure a bench warrant against the sacked NIA DG and his wife.

LEADERSHIP recalled that at the last date for the matter, Oyedepo had urged Justice Aneke to reschedule the planned arraignment of the sacked DG of NIA and his wife till Tuesday because the EFCC was still in the process of serving the embattled couple with a copy of the charge.

The EFCC had on Wednesday filed four count criminal charge against the former NIA DG and his wife and announced that they would be arraigned before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke on Friday.

The anti-graft agency had accused the couple of concealing the sum of $43,449, 947.00 belonging to the federal government in property, located at Flat 7 B , Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The EFCC also accused them of converting to personal use the sum of $1,658,000.00 belonging to the federal government funds they reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act.

According to the commission the offence is contrary to contrary to Section 15 (21(0) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the some Act.

At the resumed hearing of the case, Oyedepo informed Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke that since the commission is finding it difficult to secure the attendance of the two defendants in court, it intends to make an oral application for the issuance of a bench warrant for their arrest.

Responding Justice Aneke told the EFCC prosecutor that he was yet to see the case file of the matter and would need time to go through same before entertaining any application.

The judge then adjourned the case to Thursday, February 7, for the EFCC to move its oral application seeking a bench warrant against Ambassador Oke and his wife.

 


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