Former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe has landed into trouble for his inability to return the N120 million he allegedly received from the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA)which has led to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) filed 59 charges against him.
We gathered he will be arraigned before Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja. The charges border on money laundering and criminal diversion of public funds and receiving about N120million when he “ought to have known that the said fund formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful activity of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), former National Security Adviser.”
However, Okupe had admitted on social media that he received N10million monthly from the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) based on the instruction of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to Okupe; “The initial N50m was approved by the President to be paid to me from his security vote. N10m was to furnish my rented living apartment and another N10m for my office. The balance of N30m was approved as take-off grant.”
“The N10m I received from the ONSA monthly was to run my office, pay salaries of staff, including overheads, pay expenses for our numerous press conferences,pay for publications in newspapers, magazines, local and foreign, television programmes, bulletins, and media consultants who assisted and facilitated our work. I had about 23 employees, 11 were graduates out of which five were master’s degree holders.”
“Wepaid NTA about N1.2m monthly for airtime. Two presenters were paid N600,000monthly. The lead presenter on Insight earned N400,000 and the second presenterearned N200,000. Total N600,000.”
“We paid for tapes and editing per programme. Besides, we also paid honorarium forguests either directly or in form of hotel bills for those outside Abuja, ortransportation.”