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EFCC summons sacked NIA DG, wife over cash found in Ikoyi apartment



A former Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayodele Oke and his wife, Folashade have been invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), before a team of investigators probing the detection of $43.45 million cash hid in a private apartment in Lagos.

In a statement released on Wednesday night, spokesman of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, stated that the summon was over a probe into the into the $43.4 million, £27, 000 pounds and N23.2 million recovered on April 12, 2017 from the seventh floor of a four-bedroom apartment at Osborne Towers located on 16, Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos,

The unearthing of the monies, resulted in the dismissal of Oke, following the President Muhammadu Buhari directive, ordering Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and two others to uncover circumstances leading to the Lagos discovery.

Nigerians had earlier complained that President Buhari was much too slow in handling the case.

However, on Monday, following months of receiving a report of the committee, Buhari fired Oke.

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The EFCC disclosed that Oke’s wife, Folashade had disregarded the invitation as she has refused to honour previous summons.

“Besides the couple, other suspects are equally being invited, to determine their culpability, or otherwise, in the humongous cash, in foreign and local currencies, stashed in a residential building on Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.”

The statement was silent on sacked Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal.

A source disclosed to Daily Sun thatthe EFCC has received the report of the Presidential Investigative Committee headed by Osinbajo, which implies that more suspects from the NIA would be invited for interrogation.

The commission re-opened probe into the funds recovered in April.

Ibukun Josephine Bankole was a Senior Associate at Naija News. A Mass Communication graduate, Ibukun is passionate about journalism especially in the areas of health and child related issues. She loves eating beans, singing, acting and giving motivational speeches. Ibukun is meticulous and has a positive approach to life. Contact me via twitter/Instagram @ibukunbankole_