Alleged Money Laundering: What EFCC’s witness said against Jonathan’s ex-adviser, Doyin Okupe

Hassan Saidu, a witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has told the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, that Doyin Okupe who was Senior Special Adviser to Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Jonathan, admitted having received large sums of money from the Office of the National Security Adviser.

Saidu who is the sectional head, Extractive Industries and Fraud Section in the EFCC said this in court on Friday, March 15, 2019, while he gave evidence as the third prosecution witness. He told the court that Okupe was invited to EFCC’s facility for questioning following an intelligence report that various sums of money running into millions of naira was paid to his account and two other companies.

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“We invited him in June 2016 to our office and interviewed him in respect of the payments he received from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) that was tagged “special services”.

Okupe said the money he received; N50 million, N35 million, N15 million and subsequent N10 million severally was used to set up his office, pay staff salaries and pay for a programme on NTA called insight, Saidu told the court.

”When we asked him where the instructions that led to the payment of all the monies came from, he claimed that there was a request that was approved by the former president to the NSA to effect the payment.”
Saidu also told the court that the investigative team requested for vouchers of expenditures on payment of staff, set up of the office and payment of the NTA programme, but Okupe could not provide except a receipt which was for the Infinity Security Services in the sum of N120,000.

Doyin Okupe is being prosecuted by EFCC on a 59-count charge for allegedly receiving money from the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and rendering no services.

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