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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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India dismissed 15 top officials

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India on Tuesday sacked 15 senior tax officials facing probes in corruption cases, sending across a tough message to bureaucrats taking kickbacks for facilitating tax evasion by companies, a government statement said.

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Last week, the government had dismissed 12 income tax officials who were mainly facing corruption charges.

India improved its ranking, among 180 countries, by three points to 78th on a global corruption index in 2018, according to the annual index of the Transparency International, an anti-graft watchdog.


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U.S to deploy troops aimed Iran threats.

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Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced on Monday the deployment of about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for what he said were defensive purposes, citing concerns about a threat from Iran.

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Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since last Thursday when two oil tankers were attacked, which Washington has blamed on Tehran, more than a year after President Donald Trump said Washington was withdrawing from a 2015 nuclear deal.

“The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region,” Shanahan said in a statement.

The new U.S. deployment to the Middle East is in addition to a 1,500-troop increase announced last month in response to tanker attacks in May. Washington previously tightened sanctions, ordering all countries and companies to halt imports of Iranian oil or be banished from the global financial system.

Iran said on Monday it would soon breach limits on how much enriched uranium it can stockpile under the deal, which a White House National Security Council spokesman said amounted to “nuclear blackmail.”

The 2015 accord, which Iran and the other signatories have maintained following Trump’s decision, caps Iran’s stock of low-enriched uranium at 300 kg enriched to 3.67 percent.

But Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said on Monday: “We have quadrupled the rate of enrichment (of uranium) and even increased it more recently, so that in 10 days it will bypass the 300 kg limit.”

“Iran’s reserves are every day increasing at a more rapid rate,” he told state TV, adding that “the move will be reversed once other parties fulfil their commitments.”

The move further undermines the nuclear pact also signed by Russia, Britain, Germany, China and the European Union, but Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the collapse of the deal would not be in the interests of the region or the world.

The nuclear deal seeks to head off any pathway to an Iranian nuclear bomb in return for the removal of most international sanctions.

Britain said if Iran breached agreed limits, London would look at “all options.” Israel, Iran’s arch foe, urged world powers to step up sanctions against Tehran swiftly should it exceed the enriched uranium limit.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said, however, the EU would only react to any breach if the International Atomic Energy Agency formally identified one.


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