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EFCC closes case in N702m fraud suit against Okupe

THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) had ended its case on a 59-count charge, against former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Media, Doyin Okupe.

This was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday and signed by the Acting Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC, Tony Orilade.

The case presided over by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High court sitting in Abuja, borders on money laundering and criminal diversion of funds to the tune of N702,000,000.

The statement read that the prosecution counsel, Ibrahim Audu presented his last and sixth witness, Shuaibu Salisu, former Director Administration and Finance in the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA), presently working with the National Intelligence Agency, (NIA).

It noted that Salisu had informed the court, that in 2012, Okupe was at the office of the ONSA, of which after their discussion, he was directed to pay him a sum of N50 million.

Orilade stated that Salisu told the court he was further directed by the ONSA to consistently pay the sum of N10 million monthly to Okupe for a period of two years, which was later reduced to N5 million towards the end of 2014 due to scarcity of funds and also recalled he was instructed to pay a sum of N6 million at some point.

Accordingly, the witness added that in 2014, the then National Security Adviser, (NSA), Sambo Dasuki directed that he paid the sum of N35million to an account provided by Okupe and “also another N50 million at Dasuki directives,” the statement said.

Orilade said that the witness told the court he was only following orders and was unaware of what the monies were meant for.

The statement revealed that Salisu in showing evidence for his claims told the court he usually provided Okupe with payment vouchers signed by him.

“When also asked if all the payments were captured in payment vouchers, Salisu replied in the negative,” the statement said.

The paper noted that Salisu under cross-examination by Okupe’s counsel, Akinlabi Akinbade, told the court Okupe was not the only person that received payments from ONSA, adding that they only carried out payment based on instructions from the NSA.

Orilade disclosed that the witness had said, some of the payment instructions he carried out while working in the ONSA came verbally while some others came written, but that in the case of the payments to Okupe, all the instructions, he said, were verbal.

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