Ikoyi cash: EFCC fails to arraign ex-NIA DG, Oke, wife

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday failed to arraign the sacked Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayodele Oke, and his wife, Folashade.

The anti-graft agency had on Wednesday filed four charges against the Okes before the Federal High Court in Lagos.

They were scheduled to be arraigned on Friday before Justice C.J. Aneke 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.

On Friday, however, the EFCC failed to produce them in court.

The EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, who came to court without the defendants, asked the court registrars to reschedule the arraignment till Wednesday, February 6.

There had been online reports suggesting that Oke and his wife may have left the country.

When contacted on phone, the spokesman for the EFCC, Tony Orilade, said he was on his way to the office and would get back to our correspondent on the situation of things.

Orilade, however, noted that as of Wednesday, the EFCC had still not been able to get the Okes.

The charges against the Okes and the sacked Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, filed in Abuja last week, were believed to have come as a response from the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to allegations of selectivity in its anti-graft war.

Though a presidential probe panel headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, had since 2017 indicted Lawal and the Okes in its report, the Federal Government failed to act on the report, until last week when defendants were charged to court.

The charges came only days after a civil society organisation, Human and Environmental Development Agenda Resource Centre, wrote the Attorney General of the Federation, demanding that Lawal and the Okes be equally speedily prosecuted in the manner the Federal Government was treating the case of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, who was charged with non-declaration of assets

Mariam Olaitan is a news writer who gathers and disseminates current happenings around the world.

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