2.1b Arms Deal: Why The EFCC Is After Doyin Okupe



Dr. Doyin Okupe, a former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan was yesterday freshly grilled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over a N162m ‘illicit payment’. INFORMATION NIGERIA brings you everything need to know about it.

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

2.However, Okupe pleaded with the EFCC not to detain him because he has a heart problem.

3.The anti-graft agency therefore admitted Okupe to bail on compassionate ground but was mandated to be reporting at intervals.

A source did revealed that Okupe had been reporting to the anti-graft agency after he was initially interrogated on June 22, 2016 and went on to say the following;

“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”.