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April 23, 2024

My prosecution by EFCC in 2022 politically motivated – Doyin Okupe

My prosecution by EFCC in 2022 politically motivated – Doyin Okupe

By Miftaudeen Raji

Former Director-General of the defunct Peter Obi Presidential Campaign Organization, Doyin Okupe, said his prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC in 2022 were politically motivated.

Okupe stated while speaking on Arise Tekevision on Tuesday.

He said, “My trial was politically motivated. My arrest and prosecution by the EFCC was malicious. It was not even a prosecution but persecution.

“For you to convict someone of money laundering, there must be concealment but I have never concealed anything.

“Secondly, there must be a direct benefit to the person who collected the money but there was no direct benefit to me and I was able to prove that in the court.

“Some people in the presidency wanted to punish me.”

Recall that Okupe was on 19 December 2023 convicted by the Federal High Court in Abuja after being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for money laundering to the tune of N700 million.

The court jailed him for two years with an option of fine.

Okupe said he was never convicted of corruption, adding that some elements in the presidency were after him.

Okupe, an aide to the former president, Goodluck Jonathan, said the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, government used the anti-graft agency to punish him.

He said, “I was never convicted of corruption. I was discharged from all 34 charges of corruption. I was discharged completely.

“What I was convicted of was money laundering which is not corruption. I was being funded under the directive of Mr President by the NSA,” he added.