EFCC Finally Files Charges Against Ex-SGF Babachir, Oke & Wife After Months Of Footdragging

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), after months of footdragging, on Wednesday finally filed fraud charges against the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and a former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayodele Oke, and his wife, Mrs. Folashade Oke.

In the charges filed before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja and Lagos, Lawal and five others, including his company, Rholavision Engieneering Ltd face ten counts.

While four counts were filed against Mr. Oke and his wife, Folashade in the Lagos division of the court.

The charges against the two former public officers come over 15 months after they were sanctioned by the President and recommended for prosecution by the panel headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

This may leave many to draw the conclusion that the reason to act now may be election motivated.

Nigerians will go to the poll on February 16th to elect their president.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in October 2017 sacked Lawal and Oke following the outcome of the report of investigations by the panel.

In Lagos, Ambassador Oke and his wife  are facing fraud charges over the sums of $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 recovered by the EFCC from Flat 7B, No. 16, Osborne Road, Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos south West Nigeria

The charge against them reads:

“That you Ambassador Ayodele Oke, Mrs. Folashade Ayodele Oke, on or about the 12th day of April, 2017 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court indirectly conceal the sum of $43,449,947.00, 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 forms part of proceeds of 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 you Ambassador Ayodele Oke and Mrs. Folashade Ayodele Oke, between 25th day of August, 2015 and 2nd day of September, 2015 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court indirectly used the sum of $1, 658, 000.00 property of the Federal Government of Nigeria to acquire Flat 7B, No. 16, Osborne Road, Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of proceeds of 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.

*That you Ambassador Ayodele Oke, between 25th day of August, 2015 and 2nd day of September, 2015 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court directly converted the sum of $160, 777, 136. 85, property of the Federal Government of Nigeria to your own use which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of proceeds of 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”.

The Okes are expected to be arraigned before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke on Friday 1 February, 2019.

Babachir David Lawal and Rholavision Engineering Limited and Jasmin Technologies Limited will be arraigned next week.

See below the charge against Lawal:



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