Doyin Okupe, The Director General of Labour Party’s Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), , has resign from his position following a Federal High Court ruling which convicted him of receiving more than N200 million in cash from former National Security Advisor (NSA), Sambo Dasuki.
In a letter written to the LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi today, Okupe it is time to step aside but that he remains with Obi and the presidential campaign till he emerges victorious
You may remember that I told you yesterday about my struggles to obtain justice and clear my name through the Nigerian judicial system. I’ve invested too much in your cause to let my own struggles divert my attention from you.
Okupe requested that a new campaign director general be appointed so that the work can be done without interruption in light of the current situation.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu convicted Okupe guilty of receiving more than N200 million in cash from Dasuki on Monday morning.
Okupe, the initial defendant in the lawsuit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was found to have violated the Money Laundering Act by his conduct, according to the judgement.
The judge found that “there is no proof that the money travelled through a financial institution,” despite the fact that the Act mandates that no person or organisation receive any sum over N5 million or N10 million without first going through a financial institution.
Justice Ojukwu asserts that the National Security Agency (NSA) is not a financial institution and that, even if the president had authorised the monies, he did not specify that they must be paid in cash to avoid money laundering.
As a result, the court determined that charges 34, 35, 36, and 59 against the first defendant, Okupe, were true.
The prosecution’s failure to prove that the NSA was guilty of money laundering, criminal breach of trust, and corruption prompted the judge to find the defendants not guilty in charges 1 through 33.
Doyin Okupe was accused of collecting various payments totaling N10 million on various times between 2012 and 2015 while serving as President Goodluck Jonathan’s SSA in charges 34 to 59, for which he was found guilty.
On count 34, the judge gave Okupe a two-year prison term with the option of a fine, which he chose to pay.
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