The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has summoned Ayo Oke, former director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), over the $43.45 million discovered in an Ikoyi apartment in Lagos state.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman, the commission said Folashade, wife of the intelligence officer, had also been invited.
President Muhammadu Buhari sacked Oke, citing the recommendation of the presidential panel set up to probe him after he was suspended.
The EFCC had said Oke’s wife bought the apartment in which the money was found.
In the statement, the commision said other individuals suspected to have been involved in the deal were also summoned.
“In furtherance of its investigative activities to unravel the circumstances surrounding the $43.45 million cash recovered by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Lagos sometime in April 2017, the commission has invited former director general of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayodele Oke and his wife, Folashade Oke,” the statement read.
“Mrs. Oke had refused to honour previous invitations by the Commission which resumed its investigation into the matter, following the federal government’s decision to relieve Mr. Oke of his position as DG.
“Beside the couple, other suspects are equally being invited to determine their culpability or otherwise in the humongous cash, in foreign currencies and naira notes, stashed in a residential building at Osborne road Ikoyi, Lagos.”
After relieving Oke of his duty, Buhari asked the anti-graft agencies to feel free to go after him. He also set up a committee to review the operations of the NIA.