EFCC Reveals that Wife of Suspended NIA Boss Bought Ikoyi Flat with .6m Cash

EFCC has disclosed more revelations about the alleged owners of the $50m cash found in apartment 7B located at No 13, Osborne Road, Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos.

According to EFCC, cash payment of $1.658m was made for the purchase of the flat between August 25 and September 3, 2015 by Mrs Oke, wife of the suspended Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ayo Oke, whose agency had laid claim to the money.

It was reported that she purchased the apartment in the name of a company, Chobe Ventures Limited, which is owned by her and her son, Master Ayodele Oke Junior.

Payment for the purchase of the flat was said to have been made to Fine and Country Limited.

EFCC stated further that Mrs. Oke made the cash payment in tranches of $700,000, $650,000 and $353,700 to a Bureau de Change company, Sulah Petroleum and Gas Limited, which later converted the sums into N360,000,000 and subsequently paid it to Fine and Country Limited for the purchase of the property.

The commission tendered the receipt issued by Fine and Country Limited to Chobe Ventures Limited as an exhibit before the Federal High Court in Lagos, where it sought a permanent for feiture of the recovered money to the FG.

In an affidavit filed before the court, a Detective Inspector with the EFCC, Mohammed Chiroma, stated that Chobe Ventures Limited is not into any business but was merely incorporated to retain proceeds of suspected unlawful activities of Mrs. Folashade Oke.

Urging the presiding judge, Justice Muslim Hassan, to order the permanent forfeiture of the funds to the FG, Oyedepo argued that the fact that Flat 7B, Osborne Towers was purchased in a criminal manner, made the N13bn recovered therein extremely suspicious to be proceeds of unlawful acts.

The lawyer noted that despite the newspaper advertisement of the initial order of April 13, 2017 temporarily forfeiting the money to the FG, no one showed up in court on Friday to show cause why the money should not be permanently forfeited.