EFCC partners Interpol to arrest ex-NIA DG, Ayodele Oke


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Justice Chukwujeku Aneke of  the  Federal High Court Lagos had on February 7, 2019 against the former Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayodele Oke and his wife

Sequel to the court order,  the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared Oke wanted.

Oke and his wife are wanted in connection with the $43m, £27,800 and N23.8m cash recovered by the  EFCC  from an apartment in  Ikoyi, Lagos, in April 2017.

According to EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, the EFCC had asked Interpol to arrest the couple wherever they might  be hiding.

He added   that the commission expected all Interpol member-countries to execute the arrest warrant issued against them.

He said, “We have done what we needed to do. We have notified Interpol and we expect them to issue a red notice against the couple and arrest them wherever they may be found. We don’t know where they are at  present.”

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Under Oke, the NIA allegedly  collected $289,202,382 in cash for special operations from the account of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services at the Central Bank of Nigeria in February 2015.

The agency had claimed that the funds were meant for covert intelligence operations, but the Federal Government insisted it was a case of looting.

The FG subsequently set up a three-man panel headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.  The panel  indicted Oke and recommended his dismissal from service.

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