Illicit Payments: Goodluck Jonathan’s Ex-assistant, Doyin Okupe Grilled by EFCC

Goodluck Jonathan’s former senior special adviser, Doyin Okupe, has undergone interrogation at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

According to a report on DailyPost, Doyin Okupe, a former Special Assistant on Public Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has been questioned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over alleged fraud to the tune of N162 million.
The anti-graft agency grilled the PDP chieftain over alleged N162 million illicit payments to him and his companies by a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), and Chanchaga Local Government in Niger State.
The influential politician who was not detained, was given the privilege to be reporting at the commission’s office at regular interval.
The Nation reported that Okupe who was first invited to by the commission for interrogation on June 22, 2016, appeared again this week for further questioning,
Quoting a source, the report said, “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 him, Romic Soil Fix International Limited, received N63million from Chanchaga Local Government of Niger 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, allegedly received N35.5million from the NSA through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

“The payments from the Chanchaga Local Government to Romic were made on November 21, 2014 during the PDP primary election and February 13, 2015, just before the general election.

“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”.

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