Alleged Misappropriation: Court Admits More Evidence Against Okupe

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has admitted more evidence against Doyin Okupe, a former Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan.

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

He was arraigned alongside two companies; Value Trust Investment Limited and Abrahams Telecoms Limited, over allegations of misappropriation of over N240 million received from the former NSA.

The money is said to be part funds set aside during the Jonathan administration to purchase arms to fight the raging Boko Haram insurgency.

At the resumed trial on Friday, Hassan Saidu, the third prosecution witness, who was led in evidence by Ibrahim Audu, submitted documents including account opening package for an account in Zenith Bank, a statement made by the defendant and other documents.

Saidu told the court that following intelligence report regarding misappropriation by Okupe, he was invited to the EFCC office and interviewed.

“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,” he said.

The former senior aide claimed the monies he received; N50 million, N35 million, N15 million and subsequent N10 million severally, was used to set up his office, payment of staff salaries and for a programme known as “insight” on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA),  Saidu further said.

” 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 added.

The witness, however, added that Okupe could not produce evidence of the said request.

He noted that upon further investigations, the agency could not link any disbursement to payment of staff salaries.

He further revealed that the only receipt Okupe could produce was one used for payment of N120, 000 to one Infinity Security Services.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, the trial judge, adjourned the matter until April 1 for the defence team to cross examine the witness.

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