EFCC can’t find ex-NIA DG Oke, wife to serve with charge – Independent Observers

EFCC can’t find ex-NIA DG Oke, wife to serve with charge

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC ) on Wednesday told the Federal High Court in Lagos that it was unable to serve former National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Director-General Ambassador Ayodele Oke and his wife Folasade with the money laundering charge filed against them.

Prosecuting counsel Rotimi Oyedepo told Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke that the defendants were still outside the court’s jurisdiction. He said the commission made unsuccessful efforts to reach the couple.

 “We are having issues with service of the charge. We have gone to their known addresses but could not find them to be able to serve them with the charge,” Oyedepo said.

He noted that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) empowers the judge to make an order compelling the defendants’ appearance.

But, Justice Aneke said he could not make any such order because the case was not yet properly before him.

“I’ve not seen your file. It’s when I see the file that I can determine the urgency of any application.

“I can’t exercise my discretion without seeing the efforts you’ve made on paper,” the judge said.

He asked Oyedepo to return in 24 hours with the necessary processes.

The defendants’ whereabouts is unknown, with reports saying they had left the country.

Oke and his wife were charged in connection with the $43, 449, 947, 000 found in Flat 7B, No. 16 Osborne Road, Osborne Towers in Ikoyi Lagos.

Justice Muslim Hassan had on June 6, 2017, granted a final forfeiture order of the funds since no one appeared before the court to claim them.

The couple is facing a four-count charge. EFCC in the Proof of Evidence revealed how Flat 7B was bought for $1, 658,000 (N596, 880,000). It said one Alhaji Shehu Usman Anka will give evidence of the receipt of the sum of $1, 658,000 from the wife of the ex-NIA boss.

The anti-graft agency also said that the National Intelligence agency (NIA), headed by Oke,  got about $289, 202, 382.00 from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). It added that one Benjamin Kiksenenso will give evidence of how he was instructed to go to the CBN to collect the $289, 202, 382.00.

The charges against the ex-NIA boss are:

“That you, Ambassador Ayodele Oke, Mrs. Folasade Ayodele Oke on or about the 12th day of April 2017 in Lagos concealed the sum of $43, 449, 947, 000 property of the Federal Government of Nigeria in Flat 7B, No. 16 Osborne Road, Osborne Towers, Ikoyi Lagos 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) (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.

“That you Ambassador 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 indirectly used the sum of $1, 658, 000 property of the Federal Government of Nigeria to acquire Flat 7B, No. 16 Osborne Road, Osborne Towers, Ikoyi Lagos 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.

“That you Ambassador 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 retained $160, 777, 136. 85 property of the Federal Government of Nigeria 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.

“That you Ambassador 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.” ffff0000000

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