EFCC tenders more evidence allegedly linking Okupe to N240m diversion

EFCC tenders more evidence allegedly linking Okupe to N240m diversion

- Doyin Okupe is accused by the EFCC of allegedly receiving money from the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki, and rendering no services after payment

- The EFCC tenders evidence in court allegedly showing that Okupe had financial transactions with the former NSA

- Hassan Saidu, the third prosecution witness tells the Federal High Court in Abuja that following intelligence report regarding misappropriation by Okupe, he was invited to the EFCC office and interviewed

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday, March 15, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, submitted more documents in evidence against Doyin Okupe, which were admitted by the court.

Okupe, a former senior special assistant on public affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan, is being prosecuted by EFCC on a 59-count charge for allegedly receiving money from the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and rendering no services, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

At the resumed trial, 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 Okupe and other documents.

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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”.

Okupe said the money he received; N50 million, N35 million, N15 million and subsequent N10 million severally was used to set up his office, pay staff salaries and pay for a programme on NTA called insight," Saidu told the court.

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”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."

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

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Saidu also told the court that upon further investigations, the agency could not link any disbursement to payment of staff salaries.

He also said that the only receipt Okupe could produce when asked for receipts of all the things he claimed he used the money for was one of N120,000 paid to Infinity Security Services.

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

Okupe was arraigned alongside two companies, Value Trust Investment Ltd and Abrahams Telecoms Ltd, over allegations of misappropriation of funds amounting to 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 at the heat of the Boko Haram insurgency.

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