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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday confirmed that it has been questioning Dr Doyin Okupe, a former spokesman to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, over the receipt of N162m from former national security adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

The money classified by the anti-graft agency as “illicit payment” is believed to have been sourced from the $2.1bn earmarked for the purchase of arms and ammunition to fight the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

Some of the stated sum of money was also said to have been paid to Okupe and his company by Chanchaga local government in Niger State.

According to The Nation, the former presidential spokesman has been reporting at intervals to the EFCC office but had pleaded with the agency not to detain him because he has a heart problem. The anti-graft agency, therefore admitted Okupe to administrative bail on compassionate grounds after his initial interrogation on June 22, 2016.

An EFCC source said:

“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.”

Last week, Dasuki expressed his readiness to stand trial for the $2.1billion arms fraud allegations, maintaining that he disbursed all the funds credited to the ONSA based on the directive of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said:  “Based on the service rules in the security circle, I owe it a duty to obey the President and Commander-in-Chief. Ex-President Jonathan approved all the expenses incurred by the ONSA.

“I am ready to prove in court how we complied with the directive of the ex-President.”


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