EFCC files criminal charges against ex-SGF Lawal, ex-NSA DG Oke, wife

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC ) will on Friday arraign a former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency(NIA), Ambassador Ayodele Oke and his wife Folasade, before a Federal High Court in Lagos in connection with $43, 449, 947, 000 cash intercepted in a flat.

The cash was said to have been concealed in Flat 7B, No. 16 Osborne Road, Osborne Towers in Ikoyi Lagos.

A judge of the Federal High Court in 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.

Although Oke had denied the allegation of concealment, the EFCC is proceeding with his trial alongside his wife.

The four-count charge against the couple was signed by prosecuting lawyers including Rotimi Oyedepo Iseoluwa; Nnaemeka Omewa and Idris Abubakar Mohammed.

For the first time, the 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 the agency got about $289, 202, 382.00 from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

It said 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 and his wife read:

“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 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.”

Also, the EFCC filed corruption charges against a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal. The EFCC filed the 10-count charge against Lawal at an Abuja High Court.

Lawal was removed from office after he was indicted by a Senate committee which investigated the management of money meant to assist persons displaced by Boko Haram.

Lawal was indicted for using his companies to get contracts worth millions of naira without executing the contracts.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed a 10-count charge bordering on alleged conspiracy and fraudulent acquisition of property against former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal.

In a document made available to The Guardian yesterday in Abuja, Lawal will be arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The EFCC states that while Lawal was SGF, he fraudulently acquired property and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 26 (1) (c) of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences (ICPC) Act, 2000 and punishable under section 12.

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