There are strong indications that former Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayodele Oke and his wife, Folashade, may have fled the country at the wake of charges filed against them by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
They were said to have left the country last week when they got wind that they may be arraigned soon.
Oke is said to be in a European country “for medical reasons”. There are speculations that he may not be around for the arraignment.
In April 2017, EFCC said it had discovered $43m, £27,000 and N23m stashed in a flat in Ikoyi after a tip-off from a whistle blower.
Oke and wife are facing a four-count charge of concealing the various sums of money at Osborne Towers in Lagos.
The charges were filed at Federal high Court in Lagos on Wednesday.
One of the ounts read: “That you, Ambassador Ayodele Oke, Mrs Folashade Ayodele Oke on or about the 22th day of April, 2017 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court concealed the sum of of $43,449,947.00 (Forty three million, four hundred and forty nine thousand, nine hundred and forty seven United States Dollars, property of the Federal Government of Nigeria in flat 78, No 16 Osborne road, Osborne Towers, Ikoyi Lagos, which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed 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 act”