$43 million Ikoyi money: EFCC summons ex-NIA chief Oke, wife

Ikoyi Money
N13Billion Ikoyi money

The anti-graft agency, EFCC, on Wednesday announced that it was inviting the former head of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ayodele Oke, for questioning.

Mr. Oke was sacked as NIA chief by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, about six months after he was first suspended. He was sacked alongside Babachir Lawal, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, who was involved in a fraud case.

The former intelligence chief was suspended after the EFCC found about $43.45 million in a house in Ikoyi. The commission later said the house where the money was found was rented in the name of Mr. Oke’s wife, Folashade; and eventually secured a court order to ensure the money was forfeited to the federal government.

Mr. Oke’s NIA had admitted owning the money and said the presidency through the National Security Adviser was well briefed of its intelligence operations.

However, a panel led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo recommended Mr. Oke’s dismissal after looking into the circumstances surrounding the cash haul.

The panel submitted its report on August 23, but Mr. Buhari did not act on it until Monday.

Before their appointments were ultimately terminated on Monday, Messrs. Lawal and Oke had been placed on suspension since April 19.

Mr. Buhari, in a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, on Monday, also asked anti-corruption agencies to proceed with their investigation of the matter.

Perhaps following the president’s directives on Monday, the EFCC on Wednesday asked Mr. Oke to appear before it.

“In furtherance of its investigative activities to unravel the circumstances surrounding the $43.45 million cash recovered by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Lagos sometime in April 2017, the Commission has invited former Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayodele Oke and his wife, Folashade Oke,” Wilson Uwujaren, the commission’s spokesperson said in a statement.

“Mrs. Oke had refused to honour previous invitations by the Commission which resumed its investigation into the matter, following the Federal Government’s decision to relieve Mr. Oke of his position as DG.

“Beside the couple, other suspects are equally being invited to determine their culpability or otherwise in the humongous cash, in foreign currencies and naira notes, stashed in a residential building at Osborne road Ikoyi, Lagos,” Mr. Uwujaren said.


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  • Frank Bassey

    “The anti-graft agency, EFCC, on Wednesday announced that it was inviting
    the former head of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ayodele Oke,
    for questioning.”
    BUT WE WERE TOLD THE MAN AND BABACHIR LAWAL WERE ALREADY BEING INVESTIGATED? IN ANY CASE, THIS IS A MERE DRAMA.

    • NotTooComplicated

      Yes. But being investigated does not mean they cannot be invited anytime. They can be invited several times during the investigation. If they, EFCC didn’t find enough evidence that could lead to convictions, there won’t be need to proceed with charging them to court. If there are any evidence, they could be charged.

      A criminal case that is not murder, terrorism, rape or other crimes similar in severity, a case could be under investigation for up to 5 or 10 years depending on the country. If it is for murder, rape, terrorism, investigation and charges could go on for life and charges could be brought anytime.

      The problem we have in Nigeria is our media that are so lazy to enlighten people through analyses and other areas through which they could get the people to be well informed.

      • Frank Bassey

        Sir, If you have been following, you would have noted media report that the men were not being investigated as at Monday. With the controversy trailing Lawal and Oke, EFCC cannot be investigating them in a silent mode. EFCC spokesman did not confirm their investigation when contacted on Monday.

        • Daniel

          Why should Bashir be invited did he steal or misappropriated funds ? No.
          He was involved in conflict of interest and I believe that is the CCB jurisdiction..

  • Mani_Kay

    How long ago was the money recovered?

    What have they been waiting for ……. Animals!

    • 360°

      President Buhari’s silence on his involvement in Maina’s reinstatement

      Premium Times should quit worrying if
      President Buhari could deny his October 12th conversation with Mrs Oyo-Ita,
      the Head of Service, on the illegality of reinstating Mr. Maina as a Director of
      Nigeria’s public service whilst in his current status as a wanted fugitive on
      INTERPOL red alert.

      Premium Times should also quit worrying over what President
      Buhari said to Mrs. Oyo-Ita in reply after he was notified of the said
      illegality. Truth is whatever President Buhari said in response, if any, is not
      decisive or relevant to the issue of presidential malfeasance at hand.

      President Buhari
      is under a strict duty to know the illegality occurring inside his own
      government, regardless if Mrs. Oyo-Ita reported any illegality verbally or not.
      President Buhari’s duty to know in law does not depend on Mrs. Oyo-Ita’s report;
      as if it is the prescribed one or the exclusive way for President Buhari to acquire
      information of ongoing illegality inside his increasingly ramshackle government.

  • T-Rex

    What of Babachir Lawal?

    • Eluba Inas

      Patience is a virtue, not every one has it..

  • CEO

    So Babachir wasn’t invited as well? Is it because there are not enough personnel in EFFCC to interview the “so much revered”(who is the presidency?) Babachir? What garbage is the government planning on feeding the masses with in this regard. He is no longer the SGF, but now his first cousin is, the same man Obasanjo appointed to investigate Buhari for the missing PTF billions under his watch. Now it appears the country is being taken for another long ride.

    • Eluba Inas

      Patience is a virtue, not every one has it.

      • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

        Yes patience is a virtue when you are waiting for something sure, and not when you are waiting for nothing aimlessly. NoW come up with another borrowed quote in support of your master, let’s see if it sticks

  • Ibukun Bandele

    MUMU NIGERIANS TAKEN TO THE CLEANERS AS USUAL, I PITY MY PEOPLE OF NIGERIA

  • Isyaku Muhammad

    I wish That Diezani to be extradite from UK to face charges in Nigeria.