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Nigeria: Lagos court orders NIA former DG, Wife’s arrest over Ikoyi cash.

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The Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday has ordered the arrest of the sacked Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayodele Oke, and his wife, Folashade.

Justice C.J. Aneke said the couple should be arrested “anywhere they are sighted in the world.”

The judge made the order following an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.



The EFCC had charged the couple before the court in connection with the sums of  $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 (totalling N13bn) it recovered from Flat 7B Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos linked to them.

The Okes had initially been scheduled for arraignment last Friday but the anti-graft agency failed to produce them in court. The matter was then adjourned till Wednesday.

But again on Wednesday, the EFCC also failed to bring them to court. The prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, told the judge that the anti-graft agency had difficulty locating the ex-NIA DG and his wife.

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He said the EFCC operatives had gone to look for them in all their known addresses to serve them with the charge sheet, but the couple was nowhere to be found.

The judge gave the prosecutor 24 hours to bring a proper application for the couple’s arrest.

Upon making the application on Thursday, Justice Aneke made an order for the arrest of the Okes.

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The judge held, “I have carefully considered the application for the arrest of the persons mentioned herein and I am convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the said application is meritorious. Accordingly, the application is hereby granted as prayed.

 I hereby order that Ambassador Ayodele Oke and his wife, Folashade Oke, be arrested anywhere they are sighted in the world.”

He adjourned till March 8, 2019 for the defendants to be produced before him for their arraignment.

There had been online reports suggesting that the ex-NIA DG and his wife have left the country.

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Nigeria: Suspended CJN Onnoghen Finally shows up at CCT

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Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen on Friday eventually showed up at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).



It was widely reported even by Anttention Media that the embattled Justice had refused to personally appear before the Tribunal ever since his trial for alleged false arrays declaration began.

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It is however the believe of most concerned recipients that the Tribunal’s bench warrant for his arrest and arraignment today, issued on Wednesday may have forced him to appear.

On arrival,  he turned down the seat offer in the dock where he he was ushered into, preferring to stand in the dock instead.

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Nigeria: Code of Conduct Tribunal Orders Onnoghen’s Arrest

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The Inspector General of Police and the Director of the Department of State Services have been ordered to arrest the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen by The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) and produce him in court on the next adjourned date.


Chairman of the Tribunal, Danladi Umar, on Wednesday, issued the bench warrant against Onnoghen following his absence in court for arraignment.

 The Tribunal had at its last sitting on February 4, ordered that Onnoghen must make himself available in court today February 13, for arraignment over alleged failure to declare his assets.

Onnoghen was not in court as at the time the matter came up on Wednesday and his lawyers led by Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN prayed the court to take all pending applications relating to the trial, particularly the issue of the tribunal’s jurisdiction to hear the matter.

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Prosecution counsel, Aliyu Umar SAN, however urged the court to address the issue of the defendant’s absence in court for his arraignment before the application on jurisdiction.

In a brief ruling, CCT Chairman recalled that he had insisted that the defendant appear in court today for arraignment and since he was not in court, he left the Tribunal with no choice than to order for his arrest.

He consequently ordered the Inspector General of Police and the Director General of the DSS to arrest Onnoghen and produce him in court on Friday, February 15 for arraignment.

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