Former NIA boss Ayodele Oke who was declared wanted for hiding N28.1trn cash in his Lagos residence lobbies to become Tinubu’s National Security Adviser

Former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Mr. Ayodele Oke is reportedly lobbying to become the National Security Adviser under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

According to Sahara Reporters, Oke was sacked as the NIA boss during the tenure of former President Muhammadu Buhari over an allegation bothering $43 million (N28.1 trillion) he allegedly hid in his apartment in Lagos State.

Oke hid the over $43 million from both the then President and National Security Adviser.

It was learnt that Oke did not brief the NSA about the existence of such funds or the projects they were meant for when President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration took office in May 2015, even though the money was released in March of the same year.

However, it was gathered that the money was meant for two projects in Lagos which at that time cost about $28 million, an amount far below the $43 million cash found in the Ikoyi apartment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to the source, Oke was taking advantage of the fact that he is close to Tinubu to allegedly scheme himself through to be NSA.

A top source told SaharaReporters “The Former NIA Director, Oke who hid $43 million in Ikoyi apartment is reportedly back and scheming to be made NSA.

“Apparently, he is close to Tinubu and he is trying to use that.”

In March 2019, the EFCC declared Oke and his wife, Folashade, wanted after they failed to answer for fraud charges filed against them.

Justice Chukwujeku Aneke of a Federal High Court in Lagos had issued an arrest warrant against the duo, consequent upon an oral application by Rotimi Oyedepo, the EFCC counsel.

Oke and his wife were declared wanted in connection with the $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 cash recovered by the EFCC from the Lagos apartment in April 2017.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Amb. Ayodele Oke and Mrs. Folasade Ayodele Oke between 25th day of August 2015 and 2nd day of September 2015 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this court directly converted $160,777,136.85 property of the Federal Government of Nigeria to your own use which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: criminal breach of trust and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.”