Court orders arrest of ex-NIA DG, Oke and wife, Folashade

Court orders arrest of ex-NIA DG, Oke and wife, Folashade

A federal high court in Lagos has ordered the arrest of Ayodele Oke, former director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and Folashade,

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A federal high court in Lagos has ordered the arrest of Ayodele Oke, former director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and Folashade, his wife. The court issued a bench warrant for arrest of the duo on Thursday after they failed to appear before it for arraignment. Chukwujekwu Aneke, the judge, had directed that the duo be arrested anywhere they are sighted across the world.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had filed a four-count charge against them in connection with the $43 million, £27,000 and N23 million discovered in April 2017. The NIA had claimed ownership of the funds, saying they were part of covert intelligence operations but there was public outcry that it was a case of looting.

Oke and his wife, Folashade had left the country shortly before their court appearance. They were said to have gone to an European country for medical reasons. Sources in the intelligence community have said that subjecting Oke to open trial might compromise the nation’s security operations.