A federal high court in Lagos has ordered the arrest of Ayodele Oke, former director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and Folashade, his wife.
The court issued a bench warrant for arrest of the duo on Thursday after they failed to appear before it for arraignment.
Chukwujekwu Aneke, the judge, gave the order after hearing an application to that effect from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
“I have carefully considered the oral application for the arrest of the person mentioned herein and I am convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the said application is meritorious,” Mr Aneke said.
“Accordingly the application is hereby granted as prayed.
“It is hereby ordered that Ambassador Ayodele Oke and wife, Folasade Oke be arrested anywhere they have been sighted in the world.”
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had filed a four-count charge against them in connection with the $43 million, £27,000 and N23 million discovered in April 2017.