EFCC Hits Okupe with 51-Count Money Laundering Charge

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed a 59-count money laundering charge against Doyin Okupe, former senior special assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

This is coming after Okupe failed to return about N100million he allegedly received from the office of the national security advisor (ONSA). The fund was allegedly wired to the defendant on the approval of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), then National Security Adviser.

According to the EFCC, Okupe will be arraigned before Ijeoma Ojukwu, a justice of the federal high court, Abuja on charges bordering on money laundering, criminal diversion of public funds and receiving about N100m from the ONSA account.

The anti-graft agency said the Okupe “ought to have known that the said fund formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful activity of Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (retd.), then National Security Adviser, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As amended in 2012) and punishable under section 15 (3) of the same [email protected]

Okupe was on Wednesday released on administrative bail after being detained for two days by the commission following his invitation Monday.

His detention sparked a furore among civil society groups and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, who accuse the EFCC of targeting critics of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

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