Confusion As EFCC Fails To Arraign Ex-NIA Boss, Oke, Wife

 

 

Story by Gbenga Ogunbufunmi

 

Confusion reigns today over the widely expected commencement of the trial of former Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA,. Ambassador Ayodele Oke and his wife Mrs. Folasade Oke, whose possession government money running  into billions of Nara were recovered from their Ikoyi Osborne Tower apartment sometimes in 2017.

As expected journalists and other interested Nigerians have gathered at the Federal High Court , Ikoyi , Lagos venue of the trial as early as 8 a.m in the morning, expecting the defendants to be brought to court by officials of the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

However, few minutes to 9a.m, Counsel to the EFCC, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo and another commission lawyer, drove  into the court premises and made their way to Justice Joseph Chukwujekwu Aneke’s court but left the court premises few minutes after, even  before the court could start sitting for the day.

To compound the situation, the matter was not listed in the court list of cases for the day and this makes it difficult for journalists to know if actually charges have actually been filed against the NIA boss and his wife.

It was earlier gathered on Thursday that  the anti- graft agency would be arraigning the suspects before Justice Joseph Chukwujekwu Aneke of the Federal High Court, Lagos on a four counts charge bothering on concealment, illegal spending of government funds, illegal conversation of government properties and retention of government properties unlawfully.

The charge marked FHC/L/49c/19 reads ;

That you, Amb. Ayodele Oke, Mrs. Folasadeu 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.

Count two reads, “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.

Count three reads, “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.

While count four reads, “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.

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