Ex-NIA Director Escapes From Nigeria Ahead of EFCC Trial

Ayo Oke, former director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and wife have allegedly escaped out of the country days before the duo are to be arraigned before the court by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), The Nigerian is repotting.

Oke and his wife are supposed to face the court for corruption charges by EFCC on Friday, February 1.

However, it was gathered that departed the country “for medical reasons”.

The corruption suit was as a result of the recovered sums of $43 million, £27,000 and N23 million from a flat in Ikoyi with the help of a whistle blower in April 2017 which NIA claimed ownership of, saying the money was meant for special operations.

The money was reportedly taken from the account of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) with the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN).

The vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, had said on Sunday, January 20, that Oke and Babachir Lawal, the former secretary to the government of the federation would face corruption charges.