Former NIA DG Ayo Oke in EFCC net
Ayo Oke

Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday sought a bench warrant against former Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Ayodele Oke and his wife Folashade.

The EFCC had instituted four counts of money laundering against Oke and Folashade.

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The commission is seeing the warrant after the arraignment of the aforementioned defendants failed to hold again on Wednesday.

Prosecutor of the EFCC Rotimi Oyedepo said at the Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos that since the commission was finding it difficult to secure the attendance of the two defendants in court, it intended to make an oral application for the issuance of a bench warrant for their arrest.

But the trial Judge, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke, told the EFCC prosecutor that he was yet to see the case file of the matter and would need time to go through same before entertaining any application.

The judge then adjourned the case to Thursday, February 7, for the EFCC to move its oral application.

The EFCC had discovered large amounts of foreign and local currencies in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos. The amounts were linked to Oke and his wife.