Court convicts Peter Obi’s campaign DG, Doyin Okupe for money laundering
ABUJA–The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, on Monday, found a former Senior Special Assistant, SSA, on Media to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, guilty of breaching the Money Laundering Act.
In counts 34 to 59, upon which Okupe was convicted, he was accused of receiving various sums of money ranging from N10 million on different occasions from 2012 to 2015 when he was SSA to Jonathan.
The said sum according to him was expended on running the office, payment of staff members and image laundering of the former president and his administration. But, the court, however, held that receiving such amounts in cash violated the Money Laundering Act.
The court, in a judgement that was delivered by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, convicted Okupe who is the Director General of the Presidential Campaign Council, PCC, of the Labour Party, LP, for breaching sections 16(1)&(2) of the Money Laundering Act.
The court held that evidence before it established that Okupe had in the discharge of his official duties, accepted cash payments that were above the statutory threshold, without recourse to a financial institution.
It was alleged that Okupe received funds from the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA, while Col. Sambo Dasuki, retired, was in charge.