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Doyin Okupe bags 2 year jail term

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has convicted Doyin Okupe, a former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and Director General of Peter Obi’s presidential campaign council, to two years in prison.

Delivering judgment, Justice Ijeoma Ojuwkwu held that the action of Okupe violated the Money Laundering Act and found him guilty of counts 34 to 59.

The Judge noted that the Act provides that no individual or organization shall receive any sum above N5 million and N10 million respectively without passing through a financial institution, the judge held that there was no evidence that the money passed through a financial institution.

According to Justice Ojuwku, the National Security Adviser was not a financial institution, adding that even if the President was said to have authorised the funds, he did not say that the money must be paid in cash in violation of money laundering.

The judge however found the defendant not guilty in counts 1 to 33 on the grounds that the prosecution failed to establish the charge of money laundering and criminal breach of trust and corruption against the NSA.

In counts 34 to 59 upon which Okupe was convicted, he was accused of receiving various sums ranging from N10 million on different occasions from 2012 to 2015 when he was SSA to President Jonathan.

Justice Ojukwu held that the convict had an option of paying the sum of N500,000 for each of the 26 count charges he was guilty of before 4:30 pm today or risk going to the correctional facility at Kuje.

Reacting to the judgment, the counsel to the convict, Mr Tolu Babalade argued they would facilitate the monies before the given time.

The prosecution counsel, Mr Ibrahim Audu agreed with the decision of the court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had prosecuted Dr Okupe for violating the money laundering act.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; Editing by Muzha Kucha