$2.1b arms scandal: EFCC grills Okupe over N162m ‘illicit payment’, grants him bail on health

 Dr. Doyin Okupe
 Dr. Doyin Okupe

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday confirmed a fresh grilling of Dr. Doyin Okupe, who was a former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

Doyin Okupe, has been quizzed for the second time within a month by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over alleged graft to the tune of N162 million. Okupe, who was first interrogated on June 22 this year by EFC operatives, appeared before the commission this week to answer questions on why he received the sum of N162 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and from Chanchaga Local Government Area of Bauchi State a few days to the Peoples Democratic Party’s primary election in 2014 and the general elections in 2015.

Okupe was questioned over alleged N162million illicit payments to him and his companies by a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), and Chanchaga Local Government in Niger State.

But the former presidential spokesman pleaded with the EFCC not to detain him because he has a heart problem.
Although the anti-graft agency admitted Okupe to bail on compassionate ground, he was mandated to be reporting at intervals.

According to a top source, Okupe had been reporting to the anti-graft agency after he was initially interrogated on June 22, 2016.

 “He has been coming to the EFCC over fresh allegations bordering on illicit payments received from the Office of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, as well as strange payments to his companies by a council in Niger State.
“He was quizzed over N50million which he collected in cash from the former NSA without record or accountability.

“We also got evidence that a company that is owned by Okupe known as Romic Soil Fix International Limited, received N63 million from Chanchaga Local Government Council of Bauchi State and another N13.5m from the same council for reasons that are not stated. “Another company that is linked to Okupe, Abraham Telecoms Limited, received N35.5 million from the NSA through the CBN”.

EFCC, is the coincidence of these payments by Chanchaga LG to Romic made on 21st of November, 2014 during the PDP primary election and 13th February 2015, just before the general election. The source in EFCC said: “Okupe has not been able to explain the receipts and has been asked to be reporting at regular intervals. We decided not to detain him because he claimed to have a heart condition and presented a medical report to back the claim,” the source said.

“He has not been able to explain the receipts and has been asked to be reporting at intervals.
“The reason he is not detained is because he claimed to have a heart condition and presented a medical report to back the claim”.

But  Dasuki had last week said he was ready for trial in connection with the $2.1billion arms deals.

He insisted that he disbursed all the funds credited to the ONSA based on the directive of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

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