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N13bn Ikoyi tower: EFCC moves to obtain bench warrant against ex-NIA boss Oke, wife

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday says it’s making moves to secure a bench warrant against the sacked Director General of the…

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday says it’s making moves to secure a bench warrant against the sacked Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayodele Oke, and his wife, Folashade.

The counsel to EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo today informed Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos that he has the intention of making an oral application, seeking the issuance of bench warrant against the sacked NIA DG and his wife.

Justice Aneke had said that he was yet to see the case file. But the registrar of the court was quick to inform the judge that the case file is already before the court.

This prompted Justice Aneke to declare that he needed to go through the case file before entertaining any application.

The judge then adjourned the case to Thursday, February 7, 2019 for EFCC to move its oral application seeking for bench warrant against Oke and his wife.

It would be recalled that at the last sitting on the matter, Oyedepo had urged Justice Aneke to reschedule the planned arraignment of the sacked DG of NIA and his wife.

This is because of the failure of the anti-graft agency to produce the duo before the court.

The EFCC had instituted a four-count charge against Oke and Folashade.

EFCC had intended to arraign the defendants before the judge 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.

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