ABUJA – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has preferred a 59-count money laundering charge against the erstwhile Senior Special Assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe.
It was learnt that the anti-graft agency resolved to dock Okupe who is a chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, after he failed to restitute about N120million he allegedly received from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA.
The fund was allegedly wired to the Defendant on the approval of the detained former NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, retd.
Okupe had earlier appeared as a witness in the ongoing trial of the embattled former National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, who was equally alleged to have received N400m from the ONSA account domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria, prior to the 2015 presidential election.
Both Metuh and Okupe had denied engaging in any illicit transaction with respect to the criminal proceeding EFCC initiated against the ex-PDP spokesman before trial Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Meantime, in the instant suit, EFCC, slammed Okupe with charges bordering on money laundering, criminal diversion of public funds and receiving about N120m from the ONSA account.
The agency maintained that the Defendant “ought to have known that the said fund formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful activity of Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (retd.) the then National Security Adviser, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As amended in 2012) and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same Act.”
He will be docked before trial Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, though the court had yet to fix a date for the arraignment.
Okupe had shortly after EFCC kick-started its investigations, took to the social media to explain the level of his involvement with regards to the N120m in issue.
He admitted that he received N10m monthly from the former NSA, Dasuki, based on ex-President Jonathan’s instruction for the sponsorship of a programme that was aired on the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA.
He said the program which was tagged ‘Insight’ showcased the achievements of the Jonathan-led administration.